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Further Education and Colleges Recruitment

As educators, colleges and FE institutions are the gatekeepers of our future — equipping the next generation with skills, qualifications and confidence to achieve great things.

Further education and colleges recruitment, tailored to your needs with expertise and care.

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Peridot Partners supports ambitious and forward-thinking colleges to recruit the leaders and board members they need.

We passionately believe in the work that the sector delivers, and the tangible difference colleges make to each and every student at any point in their lives — whether that is straight out of school, or making a career change as an adult.

Education enhances, inspires and adds value to the lives of thousands of students each year. As the UK economy shifts and employer needs change in the post-Covid world, the FE sector needs to be agile and responsive. Leadership within education needs to be proactive in addressing the challenges that the sector faces while driving you towards grand ambitions.

The types of organisations that work with us are looking for strategic and transformative people with conviction, who will drive sustainability, financial stability and educational attainment.

Issues we have experience recruiting against:

  • Refreshing the governing body
  • Recruiting a new Chair
  • Delivering successful mergers
  • Turning around an organisation which isn’t performing
  • Providers at risk of insolvency
  • Regulatory intervention (ESFA/PMO)

We understand your challenges and know how important it is to recruit experienced and skilled people to deliver complex change management.

We’re straight-talking and transparent, and the organisations that we work with are too. They understand the value of having an open and trusted relationship.

Attracting the right talent to any leadership team or board is paramount for any organisation to succeed.

In the education sector, this is even more important. As educational organisations, colleges motivate and inspire our next generation whilst providing vital opportunities for our current and future workforce. They furnish people with the skills, qualifications, and confidence to achieve great things both personally and for the benefit of our society as a whole.

The right team and/or board needs to recognise the importance of education and the difference they make in the lives of students each year. It needs to be more than a job. It needs to be a vocation.

Download our Further Education & Colleges Recruitment brochure

Our Clients & Services:

We work with ambitious colleges and have been successful in recruiting a variety of leadership roles including:

  • CEOs & Principals
  • Deputy CEO and Executive Directors
  • CFO and Finance Directors
  • Vice, Assistant & Associate Principals
  • Directors of Curriculum & Quality
  • Directors of Corporate, Student & Registry Services
  • Heads of Department
  • Chair of Corporation Boards
  • Governors
  • Non-Executive Directors

Following our recent success in executive and board appointments across the FE sector, we are excited to announce the extension of our services to support FE and Sixth Form Colleges in recruiting more specialist, and traditionally more difficult, mid-to-senior permanent leadership roles. These include, but are not limited to, Directors and Heads of:

  • Curriculum and Quality
  • Corporate, Commercial and Employer Services
  • Estates, Capital Projects and Facilities Management
  • Finance
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance
  • Inclusion, SEND and ALS
  • Marketing, Communications, Recruitment and Digital
  • MIS, Funding and Business Intelligence
  • People Services, HR and Organisational Development
  • Student Services, Student Support and Experience
  • Teaching and Learning

Our selected track record

Ambitious about Autism: Chair | Director of Service Development

City of Bristol College: Principal & CEO

Coventry College: CEO & Principal | Vice Principal of Finance | Vice Principal of Resources & Curriculum Innovation | Vice Principal of Quality & Performance

Education Partnership North East: Chair

Fircroft College of Adult Education: Chair

Hull College: Principal & Chief Executive

London & South East Education Group: Group Director of Policy & Research

Nacro: Principal | Director of Education & Skills

Northern College for Residential Adult Education: Head of Marketing & Partnerships

Nottingham College: CEO & Principal

Richmond–Upon-Thames College: Executive Director | Business Development & Innovation

Shrewsbury Colleges Group: Governor (Safeguarding Specialist)

Stoke on Trent College: Principal & CEO

West Thames College: Head of Governance | Chair of Governors

Vision West Nottinghamshire College: Principal & CEO | Chair | Governors | Vice Principal of Curriculum & Quality

I just wanted to say how impressed I was with the applicants you selected and presented for interview. When we first did the initial zoom call to identify what we were looking for I thought the questions you asked were spot on. You got a grasp of the essential points very quickly.

It is difficult for me leaving after 8 years but the quality of the candidates were excellent today and I feel that I can leave knowing that the College committees are going to be in very capable hands. I would certainly recommend you and Peridot if other organisations were looking for trustees. 

Outgoing Vice Chair of New College Worcester on the appointment of seven governors

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