With over 20 years of experience in the Randstad Group, Victoria Short leads Randstad's growing public services division. Her extensive recruitment knowledge is now expertly applied within the public sector, helping organisations overcome some of the unique resourcing challenges the sector faces. From supply teaching to permanent roles, Victoria now heads up over 20 specialist teams supporting schools, colleges and universities both in the UK and internationally.
Victoria prides herself on keeping her finger on the pulse, understanding the hurdles the education sector must overcome. Under her leadership, Randstad has covered a number of high profile topics, from mental health within the teaching industry to identifying and plugging the skills gap. She has also been a huge advocate of supporting students with disabilities as they transition from school to further education, helping to open new doors and creating sustainable career paths for all.
Having successfully climbed the career ladder after joining Randstad as a recruitment consultant, Victoria puts her success down to being resilient, embracing change and always making decisions with her candidates and clients top of mind. She is also renowned for her approach to blending the human touch with the power of technology. In 2018, she successfully integrated new technology allowing Randstad to post and alert candidates via an app notification about their urgent jobs, making it ideal for the supply sector. Candidates can flag their interest at a touch of a button via their mobile phone. It means Randstad is agile in responding to the urgent needs of its clients schools, colleges and universities and ensures the quality of education is always maintained for the student.
To mark World Teachers’ Day (5 Oct), a poll on Randstad UK’s website has found that 72% of the teaching community welcomes alternative teaching methods inspired by other countries, has compiled information on how countries around the world take different approaches to their education system - from Singapore to Finland.
STEM, four little letters that stand for big subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Careers within STEM account for 20% of the UK’s total workforce, employing close to 5.8 million people. Clearly - STEM matters.