Staff Benefits

East Durham College offers its staff a range of great benefits.

Free Onsite Car Parking

All the College sites have free car parking, which is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Great Value Catering Facilities

The College has a refectory available for staff at the Peterlee and the Houghall Campus. The Scene1 training restaurant at the Peterlee Campus is open to College staff at very competitive prices!

Counselling & CBT Service

Counselling and CBT are just two of a variety of services provided by the College. The Counselling & CBT Service offers confidential support to all members of the College, students and staff. The College employs four part-time qualified counsellors/CBT professionals.

Continuous Professional Development

The College is committed to providing development opportunities for its entire staff. In addition to on the job training, there is a comprehensive training and development programme. Training needs are reviewed regularly as an integral part of the staff probation and annual Performance Appraisal Review process.

After an inspection in January 2018, Ofsted had the following to say about East Durham College's professional development:

Staff benefit from a wide range of professional development opportunities. Managers use the feedback from lesson observations well to identify accurately the skills that teachers need to improve, and provide timely and accessible training and support. Teachers use their improved skills well to help learners make good progress.

Cyclescheme Get tax free bikes for work

Get fit, lose weight, help the environment and save money! East Durham College administers this benefit in partnership with Cyclescheme Ltd, the UK’s No.1 Cycle to Work provider. Cyclescheme work with local, independent bicycle retailers and have over 1,800 partner stores nationwide. Employees are able to sign up to the scheme in order to obtain bicycles and safety equipment whilst saving income tax and national insurance. You can obtain bicycles and safety equipment, usually up to a limit of £1000. The scheme works by having the bike and equipment cost taken from your gross salary. Hence, you can spread the cost of a new bike over 12 months.

Flexible Working

The College recognises that at various stages in an employee's working life, domestic and family commitments and responsibilities potentially reduce or hinder their ability to fulfil work responsibilities. To help reduce anxiety and stress amongst our workforce during these times, the College recognises these commitments and responsibilities and offers practical help through its policies on flexible working.

FREE Gym Membership

All College staff have free access to the College gym at the Peterlee Campus. Opening times are 7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm weekends.

Hairdressing & Beauty Salons

One of the College’s many successes is the Hair and Beauty courses that we run for students. This means there are always students in need of models. A variety of treatments are available from massages and manicures to hair styling and reflexology. All are available at discounted prices.

Health Scheme

The College runs two voluntary health schemes. The health scheme deductions are taken after tax and national insurance.


All new staff at the College will receive a comprehensive induction.

Learning Resource Centre

The College has two Learning Resource Centres. One is based at the Willerby Grove site and one is based at the Houghall Campus. Staff are entitled to use these facilities to assist them with their work or any qualifications they may be undertaking. The facilities also hold industry magazines.

Pension Schemes

Lecturing staff have an entitlement to join the Teachers' pension scheme. Business support staff have an entitlement to join The Local Government Pension Scheme. Management staff can join either scheme depending on their area of work. Both schemes involve an employer contribution on behalf of the College.

Getting In Touch

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