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Our Cul­ture

One Team

We are the prod­uct of mul­ti­ple merg­ers over the years so we’ve got pret­ty good at com­ing togeth­er as one team. 

Here you will feel sup­port­ed by a net­work of like-mind­ed col­leagues who are pas­sion­ate about their job and who put our stu­dents at the heart of every­thing we do. 

Whether you teach or work with­in one of our sup­port func­tions, we encour­age you to get out, in front of stu­dents. You could even deliv­er a lesson! 

We all have an impact on a student’s expe­ri­ence of col­lege – whether we teach the lessons, keep the build­ing clean and safe, process appli­ca­tions or enrol­ments, design adver­tis­ing that attracts a stu­dent, or cook in our onsite cafes, we are all in this together.

Flexibility

We pride our­selves on our empha­sis and pro­mo­tion of a pos­i­tive work-life bal­ance. Hap­py staff mean hap­py stu­dents so your well­be­ing is paramount. 

We pro­mote flex­i­ble work­ing arrange­ments so that there are no bar­ri­ers in your way to doing a fan­tas­tic job. 

Over 50% of our work­force works part-time and many more work flex­i­ble hours so that they can care for chil­dren, oth­er mem­bers of their fam­i­ly or pur­sue oth­er interests.

Leadership

Lead­er­ship devel­op­ment is a key part of our train­ing and devel­op­ment offer. 

A lot of our col­leagues hold a man­age­ment or lead­er­ship qual­i­fi­ca­tion and more are sched­uled to take up a course this year. Many of our man­agers start­ed out their careers as a non-man­ag­er with us and we are proud of our track record in sup­port­ing our staff to devel­op and reach their poten­tial, wher­ev­er they see their career tak­ing them.

Community

The College’s work in the com­mu­ni­ty is unprecedented. 

We deliv­er hun­dreds of cours­es out in com­mu­ni­ty venues, many free of charge, to adults who find them­selves long-term unem­ployed, who need to upskill to meet the needs of the mod­ern work­place or who need sup­port to build con­fi­dence and rap­port with like-mind­ed people. 

In addi­tion, we take cor­po­rate social respon­si­bil­i­ty seri­ous­ly too. Our staff are encour­aged to take up vol­un­teer­ing and are offered one day a year to take time out from their job to give some­thing back to the com­mu­ni­ty by way of volunteering.

Diversity

Our strength as a col­lege and as a work­force is our diver­si­ty. Our com­mit­ment to diver­si­ty is strength­ened still by our reg­u­lar cross-col­lege OD and HR Com­mit­tee and Equal­i­ty, Diver­si­ty and Inclu­sion Com­mit­tee, which take place month­ly and ensure the Col­lege is proac­tive in embrac­ing and cel­e­brat­ing our diver­si­ty in a num­ber of fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tives that take place through­out the year.

What our staff say:

I joined the Col­lege in 2012 as Head of Mar­ket­ing, PR and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Since then I have had two chil­dren, now 2 and 4. In both cas­es, I was able to take a full year off work as mater­ni­ty leave, with addi­tion­al mater­ni­ty pay, and with the full sup­port of the College. 

When I returned to work after my first born, the Col­lege were extreme­ly under­stand­ing of my need for flex­i­bil­i­ty around child­care and as a result I returned to work with slight­ly reduced hours and start and fin­ish times that enabled me to drop off and pick up from nursery. 

When I returned to work after my sec­ond child was born, I was able to come back on a part-time basis, work­ing four days a week, with tai­lored start and fin­ish times to accom­mo­date my child­care arrange­ments. The Col­lege demon­strates a real under­stand­ing of the pres­sures of rais­ing two chil­dren and the flex­i­bil­i­ty that is required to sup­port a new moth­er (and indeed fathers) com­ing back into the work­place. To retain my posi­tion with­in the organ­i­sa­tion whilst work­ing part-time has been a real plus for me – hav­ing two years out of work is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion to man­age but the Col­lege proved its com­mit­ment to me as an indi­vid­ual and to all par­ents work­ing here. I’m real­ly proud to work for an organ­i­sa­tion that offers so much sup­port and flex­i­bil­i­ty for its staff. A good degree of trust is required to adopt poli­cies of this kind and I def­i­nite­ly don’t take that for grant­ed. I’m grate­ful for the role that I have with­in Not­ting­ham Col­lege and the impact I can have on the stu­dent expe­ri­ence, and I’m grate­ful too for the time I have with my young fam­i­ly. A pos­i­tive work-life bal­ance is some­thing that is very impor­tant to me, at this stage in my life and career and is not some­thing I could have with­out the full sup­port of my employer. 

 — Not­ting­ham Col­lege’s Head of Mar­ket­ing, PR and Communications