Yorkshire recruitment agency celebrates tenth anniversary success

Pictured are Katie Buckle and Barry Simmons


A Yorkshire-based recruitment agency is celebrating its tenth anniversary with its most successful year yet.

Provide Education, which was set up a decade ago, has offices in Barnsley and Brighouse. It has expanded into two new counties this year and increased turnover by 15 per cent.

The company, which has its head office in Barugh Green in Barnsley, opened a new office in Teesside in August, and began working with schools in Greater Manchester from its Brighouse office.

Along with its branch in Worksop, the agency now works with around 3,000 teachers to help them find supply teaching posts, and sometimes permanent jobs, in over 600 schools across the East Midlands and the north of England.

The expansion saw the company take on five new employees in 2016, boosting the staff team to 22.

Director Katie Buckle, who co-founded the company with Barry Simmons, said: “When we started out ten years ago, we worked with just 30 schools, so to be now working with 20 times that amount is fantastic. It hasn’t always been plain sailing, especially being a young company during a recession, but we’ve grown year on year and have a great team behind us.

“Recruitment is a competitive industry but we’re specialists within our sector and have worked hard to build a reputation that has helped us both retain clients and attract new ones too.”

As well as expansion, 2016 also saw Provide Education retain the industry gold standard for the way it vets teachers and support staff before sending them into schools. The agency was one of the first in the UK to attain the REC Audited Education Gold Status in 2014.

Every new candidate joining Provide Education has a face-to-face interview with one of the company’s consultants to ensure thorough vetting procedures and paperwork is carried out, and so that the candidate can discuss what kind of jobs and schools would suit them best. The company then provides on-going support, training and development.

Katie said: “Safeguarding and training is hugely important to us and this commitment means schools have confidence in what we do. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far but we won’t be resting on our laurels – we’re already looking forward to working with even more schools and teachers in 2017.”

Provide Education’s plans for next year include opening a new branch office in Greater Manchester, to meet demand for its services in the north west.

The company will also continue to support the schools it works with through initiatives such as attendance reward schemes, pupil competitions, corporate sponsorship of sports kit and donations in support of fundraising activities.

Provide Education aims to provide an effective two-way service helping schools to fill positions quickly and safely, and supporting teachers and other education sector staff to find jobs that suit them perfectly.


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