Teaching can be a challenging profession. Teachers and teaching support staff not only support the learning and growth of the children under their care but have to balance this with a wide variety of administrative and extra-curricular duties. Whether you work with primary or secondary age children or with those with special educational needs teaching truly more than just a job!
However, for many education professionals, finding the right role can be a challenge. This is where agency work comes in. With a wide range of assignments available across the education sector, agency work can provide a plenty of benefits for teachers, teaching assistants and other education professionals looking to build their careers and make a difference in the lives of those they support, including:
Agency teachers and teaching support staff can choose to work part-time or full-time hours, work weekends or evenings. You can even select assignments that are closer to your home or better suit your availability. This can be particularly beneficial if you need to balance your work with caring for family members or other personal commitments. Increased flexibility can even help you reduce the time and money you spend on commuting or take on assignments that suit your specific areas of interest or expertise.
If you are looking to develop your skills and broaden your experience quickly, full time education positions can only offer so much. Agency work means you work on a range of assignments in a variety of different environments allowing you to build a skill set that is highly adaptable to different contexts and challenges as well as develop a deeper understanding of the education sector and your own interests and passions. Agency work can also help you connect with others and build a network that can lead to further opportunities for assignments and advancement.
Agency workers sometimes earn higher rates of pay compared to their permanent counterparts, especially if they possess specialist skills or experience. That flexibility to pick up extra shifts can also impact your earnings. Working with an employment agency or recruitment service means education professionals can expect to receive a minimum wage or higher, as well as paid holiday and statutory sick pay coupled with greater autonomy and control over your working hours.
The broad experience gained from agency work can help teaching and support staff develop their expertise and build their confidence in the field, making them more attractive candidates for permanent positions. Agency work can also provide opportunities for you to build a wider network of contacts, from other agency professionals to those working in different educational settings, which can help to open doors to new career opportunities in the future.
A bridge to permanent work
Not everyone considering agency work is looking for full time employment. But if you are and have faced challenges securing a full-time role, agency work can offer a valuable pathway to gain experience and build your network. Taking an agency assignment means you can work with different organisations and individuals, learn about best practices in the field, and gain exposure to a range of environments and situations. Making you a more competitive candidate for permanent education roles in the future, while also allowing you to earn a wage and develop your skills in the meantime.
Working with Vetro Education you can tap into all these benefits and more.
Benefits of becoming an education agency worker with Vetro
In addition to the many benefits of agency work we offer a range of support services, tools, and training to help education professionals succeed. Alongside these support services, we offer a range of other perks and benefits such as:
- Career Toolkit
Whether you are just beginning your career or are re-entering the workforce we offer CV and interview advice to help you secure your assignments and resources designed to support you.
- Training and development
At Vetro we offer some of the best training and development opportunities around. With us you can access 20+ CPD accredited courses as well as safeguarding, healthcare and compliance training that ensures you are fully prepared for your role. You can even access our BILD accredited and PMVA training at a fraction of the cost.
- Competitive Weekly Pay
We’re committed to providing competitive weekly pay for all our agency roles, ensuring that our education professionals are fairly compensated for their hard work and dedication. Choose to accrue your holiday or have it paid out weekly. Additionally, our in-house payroll team means no umbrella fees or additional costs, ever!
- Education Candidate of the Month
Every month we select one of our exceptional education professionals as our Education Candidate of the Month. Winners receive £50 of high street vouchers.
- £500 Golden Ticket Draw
All our agency workers receive entry into our Golden Ticket draw to win £500! For every 150 hours worked you’ll gain a ticket, with no limit on the number of entries you can accumulate. The draw takes place every 13 weeks and is open to all our sectors.
- Referral Scheme
Exceptional people know exceptional people. Which is why you can earn high street vouchers for every referral you make, up to £500 worth, as a thank you.
- 24/7 Support
We want you to feel supported. Which is why your personal Recruitment Consultant is always on hand to help you navigate your assignments and offer advice on everything from setting up your payment details to accessing statutory sick pay (SSP) to maternity absence.
With Vetro, you can be confident that you are getting the best possible support, value, and opportunities to succeed as an agency worker in the education sector.
Agency work isn’t for everyone, but many people find balance and opportunity by working for an agency. Perhaps you are looking for a career change, re-entering the workforce or have just completed your training and are looking to add experience to your CV? If so, Vetro has a team of consultants who can take you through the process.
If you'd like more information on how Vetro could help you find meaningful agency work in social care, get in touch or explore our hundreds of live vacancies across the UK.