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PK expands teams and office network in 2017

PK Education new starters

Sheffield-based Supply teacher agency PK Education has gone into the new academic year with three brand new offices and 10 new members of staff.

The expansion follows a record year of growth for the growing recruitment company which was founded in Sheffield in 2005. It now boasts seven offices and a team of nearly 40 staff. Staff have been recruited across the board filling director, recruitment consultant and support positions.

Two new members of staff have joined the company’s Sheffield office which is based on Vicar Lane in the city centre,

Liz Furniss from chesterfield joins as the SEND (Special Educational Needs and disability) Manager. As a former SEN teacher, keyworker and child abuse unit manager, Liz Furniss has seen life on the other side of the fence having been a supply teacher herself before crossing over to the recruitment industry seven years ago. She now brings her extensive SEN experience to PK Education’s Sheffield office.

Liz said: “I am so excited to join the PK team. t’s a real team culture with everyone having the same goal and ethos. It’s a pleasure to come to work every day.”

June Whitworth also joins the Sheffield office as Credit Control Manager. She has a long career in finance, having worked as an underwriter for HSBC for a number of years. She originally hails from Leicester, however recently moved to Sheffield to be nearer her grown up sons and their families.

She said: “I love working at PK and I also love living in Sheffield. I am stone’s throw from the beautiful Peak District so get to do lots of walking.”

The company has also opened new offices in Wakefield, Leicester and Manchester. Additionally, the company has relocated to larger, better located premises in Nottingham city centre. The new offices join PK Education’s existing locations in Sheffield, Birmingham, Nottingham and Newcastle.

PK’s rapid expansion follows increased demand from schools for high quality teachers and support staff with local knowledge and specialist skills.

Last year the company rebranded and made significant investment in its systems and processes in preparation for nationwide expansion in 2017.

New staff have been attracted by the company’s fresh approach to recruitment, which matches staff to schools based on their skills, experience and personality, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. PK’s approach to recruitment within a crowded and dated industry, is helping it attract quality teaching staff.

Commenting on the company’s growth plans Lee Carpenter, Director of PK Education said: “The company is committed to doing things differently and this approach is paying off after a number of years in business.

“We place great emphasis on professionalism within PK, both of our own staff and the candidates we supply to schools. This approach is enabling us to grow significantly at a sustainable level and at a rate that we can maintain the quality and standard of our service. It’s a hugely exciting time for the entire PK team. Further expansion is on the cards.”

PK Education supplies teachers, cover supervisors and classroom assistants to primary secondary and SEN schools as well as alternative education providers including Pupil Referral Units and hospital schools.

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