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Staff Benefits

There are many benefits available for Nottingham College staff to access!

Training and development

We take the development of our staff seriously. Our dedicated team of staff development professionals organise more than 600 training sessions every year for staff to take up.

Pension scheme

Our Academics have access to the National Teachers’ Pension Scheme and our non-academics can access the Local Government Pension Scheme or NEST.

The LGPS gives you:

  • Secure benefits
  • At a low cost to you
  • And your employer pays in too

You can look forward to your retirement with the LGPS with:

  • A secure pension
  • Flexibility to pay more or less contributions
  • Tax-free cash
  • Peace of mind
  • Freedom to choose when to take your pension
  • Redundancy and Efficiency Retirement
  • Flexible retirement

We know that pensions aren’t always a priority for people. There are always other things to pay for and it’s not always easy to put money aside for the future.

However, putting away even small amounts can make a difference to what you get in retirement. You may find that once you get into the habit of saving it’s easier than you think. As a member of NEST you can also stop contributing if you need to and start contributing again later.

If you’re entering teaching for the first time, it goes without saying you’ve got a lot on your plate. And with retirement seeming so far away, you can be forgiven for not putting your pension at the top of your ‘to do’ list. But if this is the case, we’d invite you to stop for a second and think about it.

As a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, you’ll be paying into your pension from your very first pay cheque and your employer will be paying in too.

Annual Leave

Annual leave entitlement ranges from 28 days to 39 days a year, dependent on your role. Long service is rewarded with additional annual leave days.

Not enough? Nottingham College offers the opportunity to purchase up to 5 additional days leave per year.

Breaks away

Our benefits package includes discounts on airport parking, Haven holidays, travel money, money off a Super Break and much more.

Travel and transport discounts

City centre parking, breakdown cover, car servicing or even discounted car leasing through KIA.

We have teamed up with local travel companies across Nottinghamshire to save money on travel. These include buses, trams and trains.

We have made it possible for you to get the best travel discounts by spreading the cost into manageable monthly payments which are deducted directly from your salary.

You can get discounts on various garage and recovery services including KAMs Service Centres, the RAC and IN’n’OUT Autocentres.

Employees may qualify for savings of up to 49% of the retail cost of bikes and accessories making cycling to work a lot more accessible.

The Kia Supplier Car Scheme allows eligible employees to drive a brand new Kia at a cheaper rate than could be found at retail with no deposit or hidden fees. With manufacturer’s warranty and road tax included you could be getting a brand new car every nine months!

Eating in and eating out discounts

Either through your NUS card or through our own partnerships with local eateries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Places you can get discount include:

  • Hartleys Coffee and Sandwich Bar 
  • Wired Cafe
  • Homemade Cafe
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Passage to India 


Our staff can not only buy into the NUS card scheme offering discounts at hundreds of retailers, we also have our own arrangements with other retailers!

We have a deal with to offer discounts on electrical goods.

Cotswold Outdoor are offering 10% discount for Nottingham College staff.

Nottingham College employees can get discounts on mobile phone airtime plans with both 02 and vodafone.

As a staff member of Nottingham College, you can purchase a TOTUM Card, which gives you access to 200 discounts that could help you save.

A TOTUM card costs just £14.99 for a year of amazing discounts.

Discounts Include:

  • 10% off at Superdrug
  • 20% of At Virgin Experience Days
  • 25% off At National Express
  • Up to 30% off all food at Zizzi
  • 20% off At Pizza Hut

Try the Taste Card for a no-obligation Free1-month trial which can allow you to take advantage of discounts which include:

  • 2-4-1 and 50% off food – restaurants include Chiquito’s, Zizzi’s, Frankie & Benny’s, ASK Italian and many more!
  • 70% off hotels nationwide and worldwide
  • 60% off theatre tickets
  • 50% off Virgin Wines
  • 53% off family days out – including Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Legoland and Sea Life
  • 45% off airport lounges
  • 40% off cinema tickets
  • Up to 20% off High Street shopping including Sainsbury’s, Caffe Nero, Currys, Halfords, Foot Locker, New Look, River Island, Toni & Guy & more

Health and Wellbeing

This helpline offers you and your family counselling and advice on a variety of personal, family or workplace issues.

The service is paid for by Nottingham College and is provided by a professional organisation, Wellbeing Solutions Management. There is no cost to you and all calls are confidential.

Enjoy unlimited access to the City Leisure facilities with a flexible fitness membership. This includes membership at all eight of the City Council Leisure Centres giving access to the gym, health suite, swimming pool and all fitness classes.

This is a discounted rate for Nottingham College employees of £24.99 a month, with no joining fee. Full price is £29.99.

Leisure centres:

  • Nottingham Tennis Centre, Lenton
  • Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Bilborough
  • Djanogly Leisure Centre, Forest Fields
  • Clifton Leisure Centre, Clifton
  • Ken Martin Leisure Centre, Bulwell
  • John Carroll Leisure Centre, Radford
  • Victoria Leisure Centre, City Centre
  • Southglade Leisure Centre, Top Valley

As a Nottingham College employee you are eligible for a staff, discounted plan with Simply Health, each specifically designed to cover your optical and dental needs and any new medical conditions. You will also be covered for any time spent in the hospital or recuperating.