Applying For A Job At EDC - Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below a number of Frequently Asked Questions about applying to work at East Durham College.

Do you accept CVs?

Unfortunately we only accept applications using our online application form. CVs don’t always provide us with all of the information we require.

Can I complete a generic application form to cover all vacancies?

We do not accept generic application forms for all roles. We require separate application forms for each vacancy for which you need to apply – this way you can tell us all about your experience you have specifically in relation to the role that you have applied for.

How can I keep updated with new vacancies?

To make sure you find out about the latest vacancies, you can register your details with us to receive job alerts by email as new vacancies are advertised. Please ensure you complete your job search criteria to make sure you are notified of the jobs you are interested in.

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Do you offer part time vacancies?

There are a large number of part time positions at the College. We give details of the hours for the role within the job description and advert.

How many holidays will I be entitled to?

We have a generous holiday entitlement, which is dependent on the role you’ve applied for.

If you have applied to be a Business Support member of staff you will be entitled to 30 days annual leave, excluding bank holidays and pro rata for part time staff. If you have applied to be a member of our teaching staff then you will be entitled to 40 days annual leave excluding bank holidays and pro rata for part time staff. If you’ve applied to work on a Management contract, then your entitlement will be 35 days excluding bank holidays and pro rata for part time staff.

I have been working in a commercial environment and have no teaching experience – will this be ok?

The College already employs and positively welcomes people who have spent time working in commercial industries who do not have teaching experience. Clearly state your aspirations, skills and the experience you can bring to the role within the 'Personal Statement' section of the application form. However, for a Teaching role, you will be required to work toward a teaching qualification with the aim of completing in the first two years of employment.

Does the College offer Teacher Training?

We offer in-house teacher training and all new staff undertake our Bronze Award for Teaching Learning and Assessment within their first year of employment.

What training is available for staff?

All staff receive a full induction and receive mandatory training in Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity. Other training to support staff within their role is available across the College and at a departmental level.

Is there a dress code?

Staff need to ensure that a professional appearance is reflected at all times.

I have a disability and I am concerned about declaring it on my application

We treat all applicants fairly and ensure all applications have access to the same opportunities.

Should you require reasonable adjustments to be made for the selection process or for the position please make us aware on the equal opportunities monitoring form (attached to the application process).

Managers shortlist candidates based on the application form only and do not have access to the equal opportunities monitoring data during this process.

Are apprenticeships available?

Apprenticeships are on offer from the College and a number of previous successful apprentices have gone on to forge successful careers here.

Where will I be based if I am appointed?

We run our provision across three main sites, where you will be based will depend on the requirement of the role – which will be indicated on the Job Description.

If I am successful when will I get paid?

All staff are paid on the 28th of each month. We sometimes pay staff early in December and then in January, but you will be advised of this during the year to ensure that you can budget effectively.

I am applying from outside the UK, will you be able to employ me?

It is a legal requirement that all of our employees have the right to live and work in the UK.

How will I know my application has arrived safe and sound?

Our recruitment system will send you an automatic email to confirm that your application has been submitted.

It has been a while since I submitted my application – have you forgotten me?

Never! We really do not like to leave people hanging on with that “don’t call us, we’ll call you nonsense”. We promise you a personal approach and will always let you know how successful you’ve been. If you didn’t do as well as you had hoped but would like some friendly feedback, we are happy to give you some (hopefully) helpful pointers.

In general, we try really hard to get back to everyone within three weeks after the closing date. It’s always nice to get emails though so if you are unsure, please get in touch so we can put your mind at rest. It’s going to be pretty busy for us in the beginning though – so please do bear with us.

You want to meet me – but where are you?

There are really good transport links to both Peterlee and Durham and ample free car parking if you are driving so finding us shouldn’t be too difficult.

Once you’ve arrived you will be asked to sign in at the main College Reception area. Don’t worry – we will come and collect you from there.

Getting In Touch

Thank you for your interest in applying to work here at East Durham College. 

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If you’ve any questions about a role that is advertised, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on or 0191 518 5525.