At Chapter Education, we understand that sometimes recruitment can feel like a minefield. In today’s highly competitive market, it is those that have every aspect of their recruitment finely tuned that will come out on top.
Our series of webinars focus on the key aspects of your strategy that could make all the difference if you get it right.
When used to its full capability, your Jobsgopublic Applicant Tracking System is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal when it comes to your recruitment. Your ATS is specifically designed to streamline your recruitment processes and help you provide a first-class candidate experience.
We want to do everything we can to ensure that you’re fully equipped to get the best out of your ATS – not only to provide a better experience for your candidates but also saving you time and money in your recruitment.
Imagine the scenario – you’re at a dinner party and a lively debate is taking place. Everyone at the table has their own opinion, they’re all convinced that they’re in the right and rather than listening to one another, everyone is just trying to talk over each other – getting louder and louder and louder. Suffice to say, no one is getting any closer to being heard.
I’ve come to look at the current school recruitment market in a very similar way. All those involved feel that the best candidates should come and work at their school (or academy or trust etc). They’re all trying to communicate this on saturated jobs boards where it is increasingly difficult to get your point heard. The somewhat inevitable outcome is that your advert gets lost in the crowd and you don’t get the applications you need.
A recent Chapter study unveiled a shocking statistic – when asked to name a school that had provided a positive candidate experience when applying for a vacancy, only 1% felt they could.
This means that 99% of teachers have never had a positive experience when applying for a vacancy at a school. At a point where schools are struggling to combat the nationwide shortage of teachers, getting a first-class candidate experience in place could make a huge difference when so many others are falling short.
On Wednesday 4th October 2017, the Chapter team joined other key industry experts in speaking at the Inhouse Recruitment Network breakfast event – ‘Inspiring Further Change in Education Recruitment’.
The event looked at ways in which schools can change their approach to recruitment – adopting innovative, more pro-active methods of attracting the best talent.
The recent NFER report on teacher recruitment warns that London schools are set to have the biggest pupil increase. This comes at a point when they also have the highest rate of teachers leaving the profession.
The report warns that secondary schools, in particular, will need a significant influx of teachers to meet the rising demand. It also makes recommendations around supporting secondary schools to review their practice around part time workers, indicating that there is a significant workforce wanting part time working.
However, it is also made clear that part time teachers are also more likely to leave the profession. This means the working practices around part time staff also need to be reviewed to reduce the numbers leaving.
School leaders know that no matter the success of a school, a firm focus on effective recruitment is crucial. Successful schools need to keep attracting great teachers and support staff to maintain their success, and those that are struggling need to attract great teachers in order to help turn things around.
Speaking to our clients, we hear the same thing again and again – teacher recruitment has become increasingly difficult. The methods that have worked for so long are no longer getting the same results – something needs to change.
Many UK schools reported starting September with the highest number of unfilled vacancies for years, against record highs in school advertising spend. This is becoming an all too familiar story.
As schools do everything they can to fill vacant positions, already shrinking budgets are being further drained – the question is, what has to be sacrificed to pay for the ever-increasing costs?
11am, Wednesday 11th October 2017
As the challenges in school recruitment grow – UK schools began September with record numbers of unfilled vacancies – the need for a more effective approach has never been greater.
As the school year gets fully up and running, our Head of Education Partnerships Adele D’Silva introduces the Chapter solution for Multi-Academy Trusts.
Having held a number of different positions, both in local councils and private organisations, I’ve been working closely with schools on their recruitment for over a decade. As a result, I like to think that I’ve gained a pretty good idea of the challenges faced when recruiting teachers and the ways that this has changed over the years.