Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Wakefield College has provided education and training in the Wakefield District since 1868, and today is home to some 10,000 part-time and 3,000 full-time students.
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  • UK locations:
    Yorkshire & Humberside

About Wakefield College

EMPLOYEES OFTEN SAY the reason they want to work at Wakefield College is that they know someone who does and loves it. To be a better place to work is a strategic priority and one that is being met, according to our staff survey results. Being employed at Wakefield is good for people's own growth (this question scoring 74% positive, the fourth highest out of 50 on the mid-sized list), and ranking the college's overall Personal Growth factor ninth among the top 75 organisations.

Work is stimulating (73%), Wakefield makes a positive difference (70%), and the job is an important part of who staff are (75%). The college, which employs 695 people at its three sites and has provided education and training since 1868, enables its 10,000 part-time and 3,000 full-time students reach their potential by helping staff achieve theirs. It gets the sixth highest score for employees thinking that chances to learn and grow are not limited (56%) and the training is of great benefit (66%, a top 10 score). The average salary of a lecturer is nearly £28,300, although more than two-thirds of staff earn £25,000 or less. Wakefield ranks in our top 10 for development and for positive views on managers, who motivate employees to give their best every day (60%, and bettered by just six mid-sized bodies).

What is it like to work for Wakefield College

My Manager
My Manager
New managers are supported with an induction programme compiled after discussion with the quality and professional development manager. This could include people management skills development and/or any relevant management development. An extensive, ongoing management development programme is available for senior managers, middle and first line managers. The sessions are aimed towards increasing their knowledge of specific areas, for example time management and inviting external consultants. Managers have been supported to take high level strategic management courses, aspiring principal courses and the principals qualification. First line managers have also been supported to take appropriate qualifications. Executive team members act as mentors for other managers and other managers mentor other staff members. Any additional peer mentoring is organised on an ad hoc basis where requested. All managers receive 360 feedback from their peers as part of the appraisal process.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Wakefield College offer employees a range of courses to assist with their personal growth. They offer long courses leading to qualifications, industrial skills updating, ICT and teaching qualifications to name a few. Formal qualifications may be supported by time release, course costs, membership fees and purchasing of resources. The College gives paid release and covers training costs for all staff to take part in the Health and Wellbeing Development day. Contributions towards fees for courses relating to personal development are also offered if appropriate and staff are also supported to take pre-retirement courses. There are places available each year on the Aspiring Managers Programme and Aspiring Senior Managers Programme. Selection involves a rigorous selection process to identify potential talent. Those offered places will undertake a programme of development, tailored to the individual.
My Company
My Company
The college recognise hard work and outstanding contributions from employees with certificates and also provide instant rewards on an ad-hoc basis. They listen and engage with their employees through formal team briefings and an annual internal survey. Results from the survey are fed back to employees through team meetings, the findings and actions are also made available on the intranet. Wakefield College use flyers attached to payslips as a method of communication. The flyers are used to update employees on matters including strategic priorities, emergency contact details, travel information and the cycle to work scheme.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    32% / 68%

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