Employee Benefits, Rewards & Recognition

Grantham College offer a range of benefits in recognition of the hard work and commitment from our staff:

Four Day Working Week

Grantham College ran a trial of a 4-day working week from September 2022, as a result of staff feedback and the positive impacts experienced the trial has been made permanent from April 2023. Staff benefit from a reduction in working hours but still receive full pay, a full-time member of staff with a permanent salaried contract for 37 hours per week reduces to an average of 33 hours per week with the same pro rata reduction for part time employees. Annual leave entitlements will reduce in line with the reduction in contracted hours, but the number of weeks of leave will remain the same. You will work your core hours Monday to Thursday with full time staff working a Friday morning on the 4th week. Upon commencing employment with Grantham College the 4 day week will be discussed with you in detail. 

Grantham College experienced positive benefits from the trial including improvement to staff wellbeing and morale. We have also seen benefits in terms of reduced staff turnover leading to greater consistency of performance for our students and apprentices. The number of staff sickness absence days has reduced alongside the energy usage for the college and therefore its carbon emissions. We have also seen improvements in key quality indicators such as student attendance and retention and we are confident this will feed through into improved achievement rates and more positive outcomes for our students.

*pro rota reduction for part time staff

Annual Leave                     

The College provides 22 days of annual leave entitlement, full time equivalent, for support staff, increasing to 25 days after 5 years’ service.

Academic staff are given 33 days (full time equivalent) annual leave.

Staff in Leadership & Management roles are given 28 days (full time equivalent) annual leave.

An additional five paid closure days are given to staff for the Christmas break.

Pension

Staff are entitled to become members of either the Local Government or the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, depending on which is applicable to their role. Both schemes are funded by both employer and employee contributions.

Occupational Sick Pay

During the first year of employment staff receive Statutory Sick Pay only.

After the first year of service, staff are entitled to one-month full pay and one month half pay, increasing each year up to a maximum of five years’ service where payment is made for 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay.

Flexible Working

We employ people on a variety of contracts, both full and part-time, over a range of working hours and patterns. The College also has policies to support in managing a work-life balance, including flexible working, and a career break policy.

Family Friendly

We support employees in terms of Maternity/Adoption/Paternity/Shared Parental leave and pay including offering additional occupational pay in the case of maternity leave.

The College also has policies to support in managing a work-life balance including time off for dependants leave.

Mental Health & Wellbeing & Employee Assistance Programme Services

Staff are able to access support from our Mental Health & Wellbeing Advisor and our confidential counselling service helpline.  

Staff who are identified as Visual Display Screen Users are entitled to receive an eye test voucher for Specsavers.

Staff have access to the College gym for free during usual College opening hours.

Staff Development

We support staff development applications to further the knowledge and skills of our staff for the benefit of personal development and our learners. We also have a range of short learning courses that staff are able to undertake.

Apple Tree Restaurant

Staff and students in the Catering and Hospitality department welcome you to the restaurant at lunchtime and for evening specials. The restaurant is open to the staff, students and the general public. To find out more, click here.

Discounted Hair & Beauty Treatments

Staff receive £10 per academic year towards a hair or beauty treatment or product in the R&R salon. Simply show your ID badge to receive your discount.

TOTUM Card (NUS/Student Discount Card)

Staff are able to sign up to receive a Totum Card which can be used online and instore at thousands of discounts.

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