As one of the largest colleges in the UK and a key contributor to learning in our capital city, Edinburgh College is proud to support over 25,000 students from around 97 countries worldwide to achieve the future they want.
As a student-centred organisation and one which offers around 700 courses across 32 subject areas, Edinburgh College also works with more than 1,800 industry partners to help secure the best possible employment opportunities for our students.
We have great benefits at Edinburgh College, with generous annual leave, a career-average pension scheme and access to other benefits like tax-free childcare and cycle to work. We also have great on-site facilities including a gym, pool, training restaurants, shops and canteens. Plus you get to be part of a unique organisation which contributes to improving the lives of others.
We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Committed. Disability Confident is a government-run scheme, which works with employers to 'remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. For more information on the Disability Confident Scheme, please visit the Disability Confident Campaign
As an equal opportunities employer, we strive to ensure that no employee or job applicant receives less favourable facilities or treatment (either directly or indirectly) in recruitment or employment on grounds of age, disability, gender/gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation (the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010).
Armed Forces Covenant
We are proud to hold the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award and committed to supporting veterans to integrate into their civilian life after their loyal service to the Armed Forces. We welcome applications from veterans and those who meet the essential criteria will be automatically invited for an interview.
Edinburgh College is a corporate parent to care experienced people and as many care experienced people are known to fall behind on education and job opportunities we are committed to providing extra support to those who need it. As such you will be prioritised for an interview if you meet the essential criteria.
SCQF Inclusive recruiter
In this challenging climate, it’s even more important to put the right person with the right skills in the right job. As an SCQF Inclusive recruiter, we use SCQF levels instead of specific qualifications, to ensure that we get the best range of suitable candidates.
Edinburgh College offers a range of benefits that can be accessed by employees.
Edinburgh College have two excellent pension schemes, Lothian Pension Fund (LPF) and the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) as well as saving and borrowing options through Capital Credit Union available to non-teaching and teaching staff respectively. Employees can also access a range of discounts.
Staff thinking about retirement have access to the Planning for your Future pre-retirement course provided by Age Scotland. Their one day course (or spread over two days when delivered online) covers managing the change process, occupying your time in retirement, financial planning, legal matters, and health and wellbeing in later life.
The Edenred mylifestyle portal, available on the Staff Benefits tile on the intranet gallery, gives employees access to:
- mydiscounts Scheme for high street savings - see mydiscounts scheme guide for more information. Participating companies include Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Boots and B&Q.
- Let’s Connect Scheme for accessing interest free loans on home technologies such as laptops, phones, TVs, activity trackers
and more, and spread the cost of purchases over a 12-month period via monthly payroll deductions. See employee let’s connect guide for more information including eligibility criteria by visiting the Staff Benefits tile on the intranet gallery or by using this link Let’s Connect Guide for employees.
Through the Capital Credit Union staff can save directly from their salary and access ethical financial services with
a credit union membership.
Staff can purchase a tax free bike, along with any related equipment (e.g. lights, helmet, waterproofs, reflective clothing, locks, and luggage carriers) via Cycle Solutions. The college then leases the bike to staff via a salary sacrifice scheme over a 12 month period.
College employees are entitled to discounts on some Apple products including MacBooks, iPads and other Apple accessories.
College employees are eligible to buy a TOTUM Card online at totum.com. Cards cost £14.99 and will give cardholders access to thousands of discounts online and in person. There is also a free version of the card called TOTUM Lite, which will provide cardholders with access to some of the discounts with no up-front cost.
Edinburgh College staff with a valid staff ID card will receive a 10% discount at Blackwell’s bookshop on personal purchases of books, music and stationery (terms and conditions apply) either in store or reserving online for store pick up.
Edinburgh College staff receive free membership to Macintyres Wholesale Jewellers and can save up to 50% of the RRP on high- quality jewellery.
As educators, all Edinburgh College employees are entitled to join the Costco membership scheme. If you are interested in joining the membership scheme, all you need to do is visit the Costco warehouse located at Straiton (next to Ikea) with your staff ID card and a photo ID (driving license or passport). It will only take 5 minutes for you to join and you could shop on the day.
Mortgage Advice Bureau are delighted to offer a free broker service to all Edinburgh College staff. They will take care of everything from explaining all your options and helping you select the right mortgage, to choosing the most suitable protection for you and your family, and handling the whole application process. With access to 12,000 mortgages MAB are here to help ensure the process is as simple as can be. Whether you’re moving, buying for the first time or simply looking to review, let them find the right mortgage for you.
The Club, gym and leisure facility, is open throughout the week and weekends. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, Steam room, fully equipped gym and studio with classes as part of your membership
Discounted rates and memberships are available to college staff.
Sighthill and Granton
Our gyms have a great range of equipment including fixed and free weights as well as running and rowing machines. Staff can join at a discounted rate.
World of Football on Marine Drive (near Granton Campus) is a newly built football facility including both indoor and outdoor 3G turf pitches. Staff are entitled to 25% off pitch hire, any pitch, at any time.
MCL Medics EAP is a free and confidential counselling support service available to all employees and their families to help them with any problem they may be facing. It is completely confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
The college has an Occupational Health department that focuses on the physical and mental wellbeing of employees in the workplace. The department consists of the following health professionals: nurse, doctor and physiotherapist. All Occupational Health referrals are to be made through line manager, and on an appointment basis.
The college understands that employees may wish to work more flexibly at some time in their lives. All employees with
at least 26 weeks’ continuous service have the statutory right to apply for flexible working. The college encourages employees to have a work/life balance, to provide a more supportive, effective and happy workplace.
Our training academies allow students to practise and gain the valuable skills needed for working in the hair and beauty industry. Partnering with industry experts Elemis, Wella and Dermalogica, staff can expect a premium service for a fraction of the cost.
eh15 at Milton Road and The Apprentice at Granton are open Tuesday to Friday during term time and are where cookery and hospitality students learn their craft. Serving to the general public, students cook and serve under the guidance of trained professionals ensuring that they are ready to work in some of the top restaurants and catering venues in the country. Staff are entitled to various discounts.
Staff are entitled to apply for a parking permit which permits them to park in any of the Edinburgh College campus carparks for free.
All employees are entitled to a 20% discount off car and van hire with Arnold Clark.
Staff are entitled to use the electric cars to travel between campuses and on college business.
Liftshare is a social enterprise providing a free carpooling service for staff. By signing up for the service employees can easily find colleagues who are travelling in the same direction as them, and contact them to arrange to share a lift. This will save staff money, reduce congestion in the car parks, and provide more social opportunities. It is entirely free to use.
Secure bike lock-up areas are available at each campus and are accessible on application at our reception desks, where you will be given a key or a 6-digit code, depending on the campus. Showers are available at each campus and some lockers are available on an application basis at Sighthill, Granton and Milton Road campuses.
Staff can enrol on Edinburgh College programmes of study and have their fee waived if the programme is relevant to their role. Places are subject to line manager approval and infill spaces being available, i.e. that staff are not taking the place of a standard paying student.
All college employees are automatically registered with the LRCs (libraries) across the four college campuses. Staff members can borrow books, DVDs, films and journals without incurring fines. The LRCs are part of the Edinburgh Library Passport Scheme. The passport allows access to over 20 library services in the Edinburgh area. Passports are issued from the LRCs main service desks.
LinkedIn is a great place to connect but also for development. At Edinburgh College, staff have full access to courses and training on LinkedIn Learning.
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