Working at STC
South Thames College values its staff. We understand the need to provide a supportive environment to enable them to deliver the best possible education and training to our students.
South Thames College's performance management scheme is popular with staff as a formal way of recording their continuous improvement and development. Each staff member has a personal/professional development plan and there is a range of opportunities for individual staff development.
Generous annual leave entitlements
Support staff are entitled to 31 days and main grade lecturers to 47, in addition to all Bank and Public Holidays normally observed in England and Wales.
In addition to annual leave there is provision for special leave if staff have particular domestic and personal needs. Departments may be able to be flexible about working patterns to help staff combine work with responsibilities at home. Many of our staff joined us on a part-time basis and then became full-time or vice versa.
Final salary pension schemes
All employees are entitled to belong to the Teachers Pension Scheme http://www.teacherspensions.co.uk/ or the Local Government Pension Scheme http://www.yourpension.org.uk/ . You pay between 5.5% and 7.5% and the College pays 19.5% for support staff and 14.1% for teaching staff.
Interest-free season ticket loan
Salaried staff can apply to the College for an interest-free season ticket loan
The majority of posts within the College are graded to allow for progression through a number of spinal points. Each vacancy advertised will display the minimum and maximum salary within the grade.
Employment relations framework
The Association of College Managers, the GMB, Natfhe and Unison are all recognised and participate in College's employment relations procedures.
The Government's HomeBuy Scheme is designed to help key workers into home ownership. Further Education teachers/lecturers are eligible for shared ownership and equity loans. For more information please refer to http://www.homebuy.co.uk/
Health and wellness benefits
We offer Employee Assistance Programme, a 24 hour helpline to access a confidential counselling, information and advice service. This can include up to 5 sessions and face to face counselling. This service is provided free of charge and can be accessed from work or home.
Childcare Voucher Scheme
In conjunction with our core services, these vouchers may be earned as part of salary substitution scheme.
Our centres at Wandsworth and Merton offer a range of hot and cold meals and snacks. In addition to the on-site cafeterias there is plenty of local choice.
South Thames College Beauty Salon offers a full range of discounted hairdressing services and beauty treatments for staff.
At our Wandsworth Campus, all staff can access the free gymnasium which hosts several cardiovascular and fitness machines. Free zumba sessions are also held for staff at our Wandsworth, Tooting and Merton Campuses.
Safe working environment
As a College with a very wide-ranging curriculum including sport, engineering, stained glass and hairdressing, we employ a College Health and Safety Advisor and have detailed and comprehensive policies and practices on all aspects of the health and safety of our staff and students.
Virgin Active discounted gym membership
Based in the nearby Wandsworth shopping centre, this fully furnished health club includes the use of the 20m pool, sauna, ‘technogym' and access to a whole host of varied fitness classes. South Thames College staff receive discounts off monthly and annual fees.
Long service award
If you stay working for the College for 25 years you will receive an award. The fact that so many awards are made each year is a testament to how much our staff enjoy their work.