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  • What we do:
    Jewel & Esk College is a Further Education college delivering a variety of vocational and academic courses at two campuses in Edinburgh and Midlothian designed to reflect real working environments.
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About Jewel & Esk College

AFTER A LONG day at work, lecturers and other employees at Jewel & Esk College don't have to go far to unwind. Reduced price membership of the college's spa and gym is one of the perks open to staff. It may count towards the score of 68% positive they give when asked if their health is suffering because of work.

With realistic deadlines (61%, the 18th best score among 50 mid-sized organisations), not so much pressure that people can't concentrate (63%) and little stress (63%), the college achieves a 58% overall mark for Wellbeing.

Jewel & Esk sparkles most brightly in the My Company, My Team and Fair Deal categories, all ranked in the top 35.

Employees feel they can make a difference at Jewel (74%, a score bettered by just 10 mid-sized bodies) and that they can make a contribution to its success (77%, and 13th).

Staff at just two other organisations see their work as a more important part of who they are (77%). People care about giving a great service (95%) and feel their efforts result in a first-rate service for students (76%).

The college has campuses in Edinburgh and Midlothian and teaches subjects in the service and creative industries, engineering and construction. Students moved into new buildings on both campuses costing £58m in November 2008.

Employees say their team is fun to work with (76%) and there is rarely a problem with disruptive individuals (67%, and the 10th best score).

What is it like to work for Jewel & Esk College

My Manager
My Manager
As a College they have a vast range of internal resource so they can therefore usually provide the required support for the development needs identified by any member of staff. The College has a scheme in place called Communities of Practice where peers share best practice, share ideas and support each other which can help managers to develop within the role. As an organisation they live their values, teamwork, integrity, customer focus, confidence, success, at all levels of the organisation and they are used in decision making at the highest level by the senior management team and the board of governors.
My Company
My Company
This College holds an annual excellence dinner to reward staff and teams nominated by colleagues and managers for their contribution to the College over the course of the year. The leadership of the College also make every effort to make staff aware that their contribution is valued, the following is a passage that the Governors recently passed to the staff "At its meeting on 23 November, while considering the annual report and financial statements for 2008, the Board of Governors unanimously endorsed a vote of thanks to all staff for your contribution and hard work in the course of the last year. Your dedication was clear - not only did you achieve a brilliant performance in meeting targets but you successfully moved from one campus back to the Edinburgh Campus and to the new Midlothian Campus with uninterrupted tuition to students. This was a great achievement. The Governors appreciate all of your efforts. Thank you again! Tom Drake and the Board of Governors".
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Every member of staff benefits from generous annual leave, a final salary pension scheme, bike to work scheme, childcare vouchers, as well as reduced price membership at either the College’s own spa & gym or others in the city, as well as a range of discounts at theatres and local shops. Staff are encouraged to have a healthy work / life balance.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

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  • Male : Female:

    41% / 59%

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