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Last updated on 2nd March 2023

Customer profile: Southern education recruitment

Southern Education Recruitment

Southern Education Recruitment  was established in April 2020, Kelly the managing director has a wealth of knowledge, working in recruitment for over 8 years. Kelly likes to ensure that staff going into schools are up to date with their CPD training.

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Thank you to Kelly for taking the time to answer the questions below!

When was your company established?

Southern Education Recruitment was established this year in April 2020. After being made redundant due to Covid, having recently started a new job, I decided to set up my own recruitment agency.

What does your company do?

I provide staff to schools, from Teachers through to Teaching Assistants as well as more specialised roles like Speech & Language Therapy, supporting mainstream and SEN Schools. Positions range from temporary through to permanent contracts.

Where is your company based?

I am based in Maidstone but I cover schools across all of Kent, East Sussex and the South East.

What made you decide to enrol your staff with CPD Online College?

You only have to look at the partners and clients at the bottom of the CPD Online College website to know you are dealing with a quality provider. Within education there are essential training courses that all candidates should complete for example Level 2 Safeguarding; in addition to this CPD Online College offer such a wide range of additional courses specific to the education sector. Every school is uniquely different in their requirements, so having such a wide range of course choices means we can tailor specific training requirements for candidates to match the schools needs.

How would you rate your experience with CPD Online College?

It has been exceptional. Eve has been amazing, walking me through the process from costs of courses to tailoring programmes specific to my industry sector.

How did you and your staff find the online training?

Very user friendly. The candidate feedback has been very positive, from the layout and source material of the course itself, along with the ability to be able to complete in stages, saving their progress to return and complete. The most positive feedback is that candidates not only get their results straight away but can then download their certificate of completion. One of the biggest complaints I have heard from candidates in the past is completing courses but never receiving the certificate from the company providing the training.

Did you find enrolling and setting up the group users easy?

Very. The whole process is very simple and quick to use. Just enter the candidates name and email address under the course they need to complete and send. It really is as easy as that.

What courses did your staff do and how do they relate to the industry you work in?

As it is the Education sector I work in it is essential that all candidates complete up to date Safeguarding Level 2; in addition to this and with the current pandemic in mind CPD Online College have worked to provide a range of Covid Awareness courses, so I also ask candidates to complete the Covid Awareness in Schools.

Would you recommend CPD Online College to other businesses looking to train a team?

Absolutely and I already have to colleagues in the same industry as myself. I think with the peace of mind of such an established organisation and universally recognized symbol such as CPD, you know you are getting quality courses.

How many staff have you trained with CPD Online College?

As a new Education Agency, I started registering candidates in September – so approximately 20 at the moment.

As a busy director did you find that purchasing the courses and enrolling your staff was quick and easy?

Definitely! When you are running a business the easier it is to work with other providers the better as it takes the additional pressure off of having to source candidate courses. Everything is one place, I place a bulk order of courses, it is then invoiced and added to your profile within a matter of moments. Having a dedicated consultant like Eve looking after you makes the process even easier. Although a provider of online training it is so nice to be able to speak with a dedicated consultant, knowing that there is a person at the end of the phone if you do have any problems. I am looking forward to a long and successful relationship with CPD Online College and highly recommend anyone considering offering CPD courses to their staff.

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About the author

Eve Johnson

Eve Johnson

Eve has worked at CPD from the start, she organises the course and blog production, as well as supporting students with any problems they may have and helping them choose the correct courses. Eve is also studying for her Business Administration Level 3 qualification. Outside of work Eve likes to buy anything with flamingos on it, catching up with friends, spending time with her family and occasionally going to the gym!

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