Benefits of working at Hillcroft


The College complies with legal requirements of auto enrolment to enroll staff to a pension scheme. Currently, two defined-benefit, career-average pension schemes are offered: the Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS) for academic staff and the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for business support staff. Both are contributory schemes with Hillcroft making contributions in addition to those made by staff. More information can be found about both schemes on their web sites:

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

We offer an EAP which includes a 24 hour helpline with access to confidential, professional counseling and advice services. There is also an excellent website which has a wealth of useful information. This service is provided by AXA ICAS.

Occupational Health Service

The College undertakes post-offer occupational health assessments on all staff appointed to established posts.


There is a canteen which provides excellent, freshly-cooked food at very reasonable prices. During term-time, the canteen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Staff Development

The College is committed to continuous professional development and aims to support staff undertaking training and development directly related to their role.

Training and development needs for all staff are discussed through the annual staff appraisals, probationary reviews and teaching and learning observations. All staff are expected to have an annual development objective as part of the appraisal process.

Employee relations framework

The College currently recognises the University and Colleges Union (UCU) and works with the General, Municipal and Boilermakers Union (GMB).

Travel to work

Season Ticket loan

The College season ticket loan scheme enables staff to buy an annual travel card and pay for it in installments – making a considerable saving compare to buying individual monthly or weekly tickets.


There are some cycle racks for staff wishing to cycle to work.

Car Parking

Parking is currently free to all staff on a first come, first served basis. There are designated spaces for disabled staff and visitors.

Annual Leave

The leave year runs from 1 August to 31 July for academic staff and from 1 January to 31 December for support staff and the annual entitlement is detailed below. Statutory Bank / Public Holidays are in addition if they fall on a day which would be a normal working day.

Business Support Staff
The basic annual leave entitlement is 20 working days rising to 21 days after 5 years’ service and rising thereafter by 1 day each year to a maximum of 30 days after 15 years’ service.

Managers (Business Support Staff)
The annual leave entitlement is 25 working days. After 5 years’ service this rises by 1 day each year to a maximum of 30 days after 10 years’ service.

Academic Staff
The annual leave entitlement is 40 working days.

Senior and Academic Managers

The annual leave entitlement is 35 working days.







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