The College of West Anglia

Employment benefits

The College of West Anglia is great place to work and has a wide range of benefits for its employees, including:

Generous annual leave entitlement

Our annual leave entitlement is currently 30 days for support staff*, 37 days for academic staff* and 35 days for management*. All staff also receive an additional 5 days per year, when the college is closed, and nationally observed bank holidays.

*All entitlements are pro-rata for part-time positions.

Contributory pension scheme

We are part of the Teachers Pension Scheme for academic staff, with an employee contribution of 7.4-11.7% (depending on full-time equivalent annual salary) and an employer contribution of 16.4%.

We are also part of the Norfolk Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for support staff and non-teaching managers, with an employee contribution of 5.5-12.5% (depending on full-time equivalent salary) and an employer contribution of 13.5%.

Staff development and course waivers

We actively encourage the personal development of all our staff. Staff can apply for funding to attend events and courses and also can have fees waived for some college courses. We have 2 dedicated training days per year for all staff, and lecturing staff can apply for up to 5 days study leave per year (pro-rata for part-time staff).

Trade Unions

The College works closely with our recognised Trade Unions (UNISON for support staff, UCU for academic staff and AMiE for managers) in order to maintain good communication links with staff.

Flexible working opportunities

CWA operates a flexible working policy for all staff, allowing you to request flexible working opportunities at any point. This policy and procedure is available on the college intranet or from the HR Department.

Confidential counselling helpline

We offer all staff access to a free, 24/7 confidential counselling telephone helpline, provided by DAS.

Preferential rates at local gyms

We have negotiated preferential staff rates for access to gyms including the Bodyworks fitness suites at Alive Leisure in King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton, as well as Sports Direct Fitness in King’s Lynn.

Childcare

Our King’s Lynn campus houses an on-site childcare centre, Applewood Nursery, offering a safe, friendly environment for your children.

We also operate a childcare voucher scheme through Busy Bees Benefits, where staff can acquire vouchers through salary sacrifice. Vouchers are widely accepted by Ofsted registered nurseries, childminders, etc.

Healthy workforce scheme

We are committed to ensuring a healthy workforce at CWA and run various initiatives to promote and assist staff, including health fairs and cycle-to-work schemes.

Staff discount scheme

CWA have arranged discounts with many local companies from leisure centres to shed retailers, and we aim to expand this further.

The Salon and Novus Restaurant

Staff have access to our industry-standard salons at King’s Lynn and Wisbech, for hair and beauty treatments during term time in both the day and evening.

Meals, snacks and refreshments are also available at our Novus Restaurant in King’s Lynn, during term-time, including lunchtimes and selected evenings.

Perkbox

This is an employee benefits system that gives staff access to over 200 perks. It includes hundreds of big brand discounts, a wellness hub with expert lifestyle and fitness classes, and some free rewards.

Some examples of what is included are:

  • Free mobile phone insurance
  • A free Café Nero hot drink each month
  • Big brand discounts on major high street and supermarket shopping including current discounts of 4% and 5% on Tesco and Sainsbury’s shopping respectively
  • Discounted cinema tickets
  • Exclusive pricing from Apple
  • Loads of lifestyle perks from gym discounts, massages, insurance, spas, beauty, travel and more