Staff Benefits

Members of staff answer the question 'What is good about working at Halesowen College?'

"The strong financial position of the College is rare; other local colleges are in a far less healthy position."

"Though I have been in my job role a short time there are many around me that have been at the college for some time, they have progressed during their time here. I believe that this is testament to the job security at the college as well as potential progression routes."

"Working amongst a great team with job security."

 

Staff who work for Halesowen College have access to the following benefits:

Pension Schemes:

Local Government Pension Scheme

It's a contributory scheme, so both you and the College pay into your pension each month – with the College paying the bigger share.

It's a pension based on your service and salary.

Teachers' Pension Scheme

The Scheme provides a regular income and a lump sum when you retire (either an automatic lump sum if you joined the scheme anytime before 2007, or an optional one if you joined since 1st January 2007).

If you're part-time or full-time, your enrolment into the scheme membership is automatic (but not compulsory).

Business mileage

Cars 45p per mile if claimed for the first 10,000 miles; 24p per mile for motor cycles and 20p per mile for bicycles.

Benefits

BHSF (Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund) Health Cash Plan – enables you and your family to receive cash payments towards everyday healthcare. Monthly payments can be made via the payroll.

Salary sacrifice

Childcare Vouchers - You can apply for vouchers so that deductions are made from your salary before tax, making them tax free and exempt from NI deductions.

Halfords Cycle2Work Scheme – The Government's Cycle to Work initiative enables you to make savings of up to 42% on a brand new bike and safety accessories for cycling to work.

Car Leasing – three year competitive lease schemes in return for low emission well maintained cars, you just add petrol and go.

Staff Development

Offering a variety of training options to staff across the College meeting individual and team needs, including the opportunity in the Summer to spend a day away with colleagues.

Sick Pay

Generous sick pay entitlements.

Annual Leave

Entitlement above sector averages.

Internet and email access

Free access outside of working hours adhering to the Computer Use Policy.

Remote access to work drives, email and Hub.

Cashless payment systems with rewards.

Staff Digital Scheme.

 
Rewards

My Lifestyle Rewards – hundreds of ways to save with shopping vouchers, cash back and discounts.
Bespoke site:  www.halesowenstaffbenefits.co.uk

Celebrations

  • Annual Staff Celebration Dinners and picnic
  • Staff Achievement Award

Employee Assistance Programme

Free confidential support for you and your family -counselling, medical, financial and legal advice 24 hours, 365 days a year, helpline service.

Hair and Beauty Treatments

10% discount on treatments at the training academy and our new professional salon 'Amethyst' at Shenstone House .

Staff loan

12 month interest free loan for up to £1500 towards purchasing IT equipment.

Microsoft Office Software

If you use your own PC for work purposes you can have the latest version of Microsoft Office Suite.

Fitness and wellbeing programme

Free access to College Fitness Suite and the outdoor gym.  Staff yoga and relaxation sessions.  Join Make it Mondays and learn something new, or just join the "knit and natter" group as a fun thing to do.

Eye Care

VDU users can have their eye test paid for and there are discounts for all staff on glasses with Scrivens Opticians and Spex Maniax based in Halesowen.

Onsite nursery provision for 0-5 years

Reported by OFSTED as a good nursery provision with dedicated staff.

A new Baby Room was built in November 2014.

Access to Car Parking

The College Travel Plan includes the availability of car parks for staff for an annual fee.

Staff Benefits