Richmond upon Thames College Employee Reviews
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It was amazing working at Richmond college with excellent and supportive management, employees support was excellent and yearly incremental wage was welcomed, fixed hours allowed to plan social and family life.
It was a good place to work with some amazing team members. As IT and telecomms Support Manager I felt a lot of pressure of work due to IT systems not being upgraded in time. There were a lot of management changes during my time.
No one day was the same, the role required that all aspects of managing quality compliance, assurance and improvement across an FE college offering both standard curriculum courses at all levels with a small HE offer and Apprenticeships. Dealing with awarding bodies, external verification and annual audits, arranging and delivering training. Dealing with all curriculum area's queries and problems. Investigating and resolving queries and complaints with integrity. Meetings with Senior Leadership Team members to ensure the quality cycle was being adhered to. Leading on Observations of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in different curriculum areas to ensure Ofsted standards were being met and that all learners were receiving a quality experience from the college. Working closely with the apprenticeship team to ensure quality of delivery and visiting employers. Delivering training on Ofsted requirements for Apprenticeships. Visting subcontractors to give advice and guidance to ensure compliance. Managing a small team of people, there was a great feeling of commaraderie and support among colleagues at all levels. The hardest part was ensuring deadlines were being met and getting sufficient evidence for audits etc.
Long and unreliable travel options
I have never worked with so many committed people in my career life. The management is hard working and very supportive. The financial rewards could be better but they're not the worst and 29 days of holidays to start with is great. Sometimes it's better to choose an appreciation and job satisfaction over the money.
Annual leve, new building in construction
This role is a peripatetic role and involves working one-to-one or in small groups with learners in classes and in workshops. I provide specialist support to learners with SpLDs. This includes collaborating with the local authority via EHC plans, the student, their subject tutors and other members of my team to put in place strategies to help the learners to work independently by end of each academic year. I also provide exam-access arrangements such as scribing, reading, exam invigilator and more. I also work with learner-inclusive technology such as electronic reading pens. Curriculum areas I have covered include FS Maths, FS English, Childcare, Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism, Art and Design, Business, Sports Studies, Hair and Beauty.
There is no such thing as a typical day in teaching, especially in IT and especially when teaching young students. I worked within a dynamic team that didn't need to be micro-managed and we all got on very well. The hardest part of the job is keeping on top of all the marking & admin, but doing the job - the actual teaching - is one of the most enjoyable pleasures there can be sometimes.
The workplace and people were very welcoming; they all helped me when needed and never made me feel uncomfortable. One of the most enjoyable parts of the job was being able to make a blog for the company which made me really feel apart of the staff.
I have experience in communicating with all types of young people in my previous job whether they are into things that I may not be totally interested in I am able to listen to them and make them feel comfortable. I also am very motivating and encourage young people to chase their dreams and show them the correct paths to take to get there. I also have experience in challenging stereotypes and encouraging debates as i encourage them to be accountable for the words they speak. I also challenge the young people to be creative and have helped organise events with them and have also set up a film making group with them. In the group we would film events around the college and they also helped make an introduction film to our youth centre. Many times in the college I have helped students to complete their assignments when they are in need of help and have also pointed them out to certain books and additional learning support centre.
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