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Guidance Notes for Applicants

Guidance Notes Overview

Oldham College employs around 600 staff, comprising full and part time lecturers, administrative, professional, technical, craft and manual staff. As an Equal Opportunities employer, the development and training of our employees is one of our highest priorities, providing them with the knowledge and skills to maintain the high quality standards that our students have come to expect.

The promotion of equal opportunities underpins all the College’s activities. To demonstrate its concern for all members of the community it employs and serves, the College, as a provider of educational services and as an employer, has policies which seek to combat discrimination in any form, particularly that derived from differences in race, gender or ability.

All members of the College staff are expected to support such policies enthusiastically and to ensure that their activities reflect that commitment.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Inclusion is one of our core values here at Oldham College. We are located in, and are at the heart of a hugely diverse community. We recognise, support and celebrate that diversity.

Inclusion is a mainstream part of our daily culture, woven into our everyday activities. We welcome and treat everybody with respect and we believe that equality and diversity are everyone’s responsibility.

This year, through our employee engagement survey our staff gave us a fantastic 85% favourable score for diversity. This is a massive 15% more than the external benchmark.

The more diverse our staff and students populations are, the more we will all benefit due to the  rich mix of backgrounds, heritages, ages, experiences and skills that spark innovation and create a rewarding and vibrant community. We want our staff base to reflect the students we serve and for them to have visible role models so we are particularly keen to hear from black and minority ethnic and disabled candidates Whatever your background we look forward to hearing from you about what you can bring to the College!



It is the College policy that we guarantee to interview all applicants with a declared disability who meet the minimum criteria as outlined in the job description and person specification. Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments where, compared to a non-disabled person, a disabled person is substantially disadvantaged by either the working arrangements (which includes the recruitment process) or the working environment. You need to be aware that the duty to make reasonable adjustments will not apply unless we know that you have a disability. The Act defines a disabled person in the following way: “a disabled person is anyone who has or has had a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.


“Two-tick” Symbol

We have made a commitment to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and have adopted the Employment Department’s “two-tick” symbol – ‘Positive about Disabled People’. This means that we have undertaken to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the essential short-listing criteria for a job vacancy, and consider them on their abilities.

Therefore, if this applies to you please indicate this in the Equality Details of your application form as well as indicating any special interview arrangements such as wheelchair access, signing or interpreting facilities.


Asylum & Immigration Act 1996

Under this piece of legislation it is a criminal offence for the college to employ anyone who does not have the right to work in the UK. In order to meet with the requirements of the Act, all candidates offered employment will have to produce documentary evidence of their identity and right to work in the UK, in accordance with the documents specified in the Act, before confirmation of employment is made.


Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar an individual from working with the College. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of their offences. The recruitment of ex-offenders will be dealt with in accordance with the College’s Procedure for the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.


Protection of children, young people & vulnerable adults

Oldham College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to providing a safe environment in which they can develop, educationally, socially and emotionally, free from abuse. The College expects all members of staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All members of staff and volunteers, where appropriate, must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service. All successful candidates will be required to obtain an ‘Enhanced Disclosure.



All jobs are offered subject to receiving satisfactory references and if you are called for interview, we will approach your referees unless you have indicated that you do not wish them to be contacted at this stage. You must provide the names, e-mail addresses, addresses and telephone numbers of two people who are able to comment on and provide information about your suitability for the post. One of these must be your present and/or most recent employer. Please note that references from friends or relatives can not be accepted.


Data Protection Act 1998

The College will only use the information provided during the recruitment process and during your employment to process your application and provide data to Government Departments and other bodies in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The College also uses closed circuit TV and video recording on its premises. Personal Data will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to any third party except where the College is required or permitted to do so by law, or where the individual has given his/her consent in advance.


No-smoking Policy

Oldham College is a non-smoking College on the grounds of health, safety and hygiene. Smoking is permitted only in a limited number of designated areas. This applies to all staff, students and visitors.