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Recruitment Matters Issue 32 March 2015

Big names awarded Audited Education status Four of the biggest names in education recruitment have been awarded REC Audited Education status. Reed, Hays, Randstad and Capita are now among an elite group of recruitment companies who have been awarded the REC’s ‘gold standard’ for education recruitment, joining over 50 other agencies that have passed REC Audited Education. The REC Audited Education scheme assures schools that agencies supplying teachers and nonteaching staff in England and Wales have undertaken rigorous legal checks and assessments. Organisations undertaking the audit are required to complete an online diagnostic assessment, after which they are visited by REC auditors who review processes and procedures about safeguarding, client relationships and adherence to relevant legislation. REC chief executive Kevin Green says having four of the biggest recruiters pass the audit is no mean feat. “By undertaking this specialist audit, recruiters are measuring themselves

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4-5Mission Control against the highest industry standards,” he says. “The fact that these four major agencies have all chosen to be audited by the REC shows the level of confidence that business leaders have in the product. We encourage other agencies to talk to us about the benefits of being audited both in terms of improving levels of service and demonstrating their compliance to potential clients and candidates.” Managing director of Oxford-based Data for Education Info Professor John Howson says the more recruiters embracing the REC’s standards, the better. “If getting full-time permanent teachers is going to be more of a challenge, and if we do need to use temporary teachers, they

should be provided by agencies with the highest quality standards so everybody can be assured in the quality of teachers for the children,” he says. Managing director at Hays Education Martyn Best says the award will help them grow. “This award recognises our high levels of professionalism and will help us to continually attract the highest calibre of candidates to work in education and ensure the safeguarding of children. The gold standard is a testament to our best practice procedures and compliance policies that ensure we deliver the highest standard of service to our clients.” For more information about the REC Audited Education award, visit www. rec.uk.com/auditeducation

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Recruitment Matters- March 2015