From education to employment


Viv Cruickshank, CEO

Protocol, a leading FE recruitment agency has launched a brand new tiered permanent recruitment service in response to the sector’s need for quality, long-term teaching and management staff.

Viv Cruickshank, CEO said “We’ve delivered a permanent recruitment service for a long time now for both teaching and management roles.  But over the years we’ve noticed that colleges don’t always have the opportunity to invest the same level of detail when recruiting for lecturing or assessing positions as they do for management and senior level appointments. The reality is that the teaching roles have a significant impact on quality and in turn inspection results.”

She added, “ Our new service is designed to provide clients with a cost effective solution to recruitment, applying the same amount of detail and stringent processes that you would for a senior post holder – we believe that in today’s competitive and quality driven market this is the only sure fire way to ensure strong, well-fitting and dedicated staff that you can invest in for many years”.

Additionally, to complement the new service for clients, Protocol has launched a Permanant FE Careers Service for candidates, that will allow FE professionals the opportunity to take charge of their careers and achieve their goals. 

Viv, continued: “…equally, we also felt that the sector was missing a truly personalised service for candidates. We’ve always prided ourselves on our relationship with our candidates; some of which have worked though us for as long as 19 years! But when it comes to looking for the perfect long term role – we felt that many agencies don’t provide the support that candidates are looking for!”.

The Permanent FE Careers Service offers candidates the opportunity to speak to an experienced recruitment professional about their career goals, aspirations and drivers and get advice and support. 

Viv added “We take the time to get to know our candidates properly; we believe this is the best way to ensure we always create the right ‘match’. Crucially, our candidates benefit from having a dedicated consultant pro-actively seek opportunities specific to their requirements – which is great because we often know of opportunities before they are advertised- giving our candidates the best chance of getting to interview first.”

FE professionals, from lecturers, assessors and managers through to senior leaders looking to shake up their career in FE are encouraged to visit www.protocol

About Protocol: Established in 1995 Protocol is the UK’s leading provider of flexible staffing and HR outsourcing solutions to the Further Education sector. Protocol works with around 200 Colleges in the UK and a further 70 education providers. The only full service agency working solely in FE

Protocol’s portfolio of services includes but is not limited to:

  • Visiting Lecturer, Assessor and Support Staff recruitment
  • Permanent Recruitment
  • On-site recruitment services
  • Interim Management recruitment
  • Senior Management appointments
  • Bespoke payroll services
  • Staffing Software Solutions 

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