Leadership recruitment

Principals and senior staff for the further education sector

Recruiting the right principals and senior staff for further education colleges and independent learning providers is vital. You depend on them for delivering vision and strategic direction, you need to make the right choice. Click’s permanent recruitment service will help find the leaders you need.

With Click’s in-depth expertise in executive search and selection for the UK further education sector we offer a professional, cost-effective leadership recruitment service that ensures the best possible fit between the demands of the position and the experience, skillset and motivation of candidates.

Our dedicated FE leadership recruitment service is tailored to suit your own college’s specific needs, its mission and cultural values. Whether your vacancy is for a principal, vice principal, chief executive or senior team manager, our aim is to exceed your expectations - always.

Whatever the post, we take the time to fully understand a job’s context, its requirements and priorities. Our candidate search and research process is thorough. We vet, we test, we check, we bring you the candidates that we know are capable of hitting the ground running.

And of course with our sector-wide further education contact base and Click’s own network of more than 400 Associates, we’re also quicker than most at identifying and presenting a ready pool of talented candidates.

Our permanent recruitment service is led by Simon Graham, a HR professional with more than 25 years experience of UK further education resourcing. Having worked with colleges as both Human Resources Director and Consultant, he is a trusted provider of strategic advice and guidance in the appointment of Principals and senior post holders within the sector.

Working as your college’s trusted representative, Click’s leadership recruitment service includes:

  • College briefing visit. Meeting selection panel and relevant stakeholder groups
  • Development of job description and person specification
  • Creation of candidate information pack and microsite
  • Advert creation and targeting, social media promotion
  • Management and administration of all candidate engagement
  • Candidate report, short list review with selection panel
  • Assessment processes, including psychometric testing
  • Obtaining and checking of candidate references
  • Attendance and management of final assessment stage
  • Management of job offer and contract negotiations if required

For an effective and affordable leadership recruitment solution, get in touch with Click. Call us on 0121 643 8988 or email us by clicking on: info@click-cms.co.uk We’ll find you the principals and senior staff you need.

“Click provides an excellent service tailored to the needs of the organisation. I have been really impressed by the quality of consultants provided by Click to provide targeted support. They have been very knowledgeable, adaptable and flexible around the needs of our organisation. They are able to engage staff and teams in a non-threatening manner to drive improvements. I would therefore unreservedly recommend Click to any other college seeking similar support and services.”
VP Teaching, Learning & Success, Havering College
We have been working with Click for over 5 years now and have always secured a highly responsive and fast paced turnaround with high quality interims well suited to our culture and business requirements. Click definitely go the extra mile in understanding our role descriptions, delivering a bespoke solution and are diligent and conscientious in monitoring the performance of interims. I would highly recommend their services.
Group Principal & CEO, London and South East Education Group (LSEC)
“The team at Click are always very responsive and keen to determine your exact requirements so that they can quickly start to identify the most appropriate person for your role. It helps immensely that the Click team are all highly experienced FE professionals in their own right, so they really understand what you are trying to achieve. The interims that I have worked with have all been very experienced, very professional and able to hit the ground running – exactly what you need from an interim manager. Once the interim is in post, Click stay in touch to make sure that you are achieving the outcomes intended from the appointment. Crucially, the majority of the Click interims are not looking to work in a temporary role until they find a permanent post; they make their living from interim work. This means that they can very quickly adapt to new projects, and understand the subtle differences between being an interim manager and working in a permanent position. Click interims really do add value to your organisation.”
Assistant Principal, Abingdon & Witney College
We were delighted to be able to support a large Manchester based provider recently with some quality support for their apprenticeship and study programme provision, for which they sent us these kind words; ‘I will be recommending you to anyone who needs QA consultancy support, you have provided us with a great service’.
Director, Large Manchester based provider
The Guildford College Group has been working with Click much more over the last two years. The range and quality of their consultants is excellent. From the first point of enquiry through to the filling of an interim role the service is professional and efficient. Particularly effective is their ‘keep in touch’ strategy and this has ensured that we as the employer and the interim are comfortable and confident in the placement. The work with Click has been especially valuable as we approach our College merger. Having access to a range of experienced and competent consultants has enabled us to stay on target and achieve the merger in a timely manner. I certainly will use Click again in the future.
Principal and CEO, Guildford College Group
“Oxford and Cherwell Valley College has used Click for a range of interim management posts and other support services. The service Click provided was highly professional, efficient and flexible. In a very short period of time they provided us with outstanding members of staff who fitted into the culture and values of our the organisation immediately. They worked tirelessly to ensure services to our students were outstanding. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”
Principal and Chief Executive, Activate Learning
It has been a pleasure working with Click as an Associate over the last six years. Click is a company that brings professionalism, enthusiasm and energy to each and every challenge that comes its way. The team provide steadfast direction in a collaborative way always keeping the end goal in sight.  Unsurprisingly, they have become one of the best leaders in the field due to their years of experience and their proven track record supporting colleges in an ever changing climate. I look forward to working with them for many years to come.
Click Associate - Fara B
The support from the Click team prior to and during my assignment in the Middle East was fantastic. Working with the team gave me a seamless move from supporting a college in the UK, to going out to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Whilst away, contact with the team was regular and extremely supportive, not just about the role but about living and working in the Middle East. This support makes any assignment with Click a great one and a pleasure to work as an associate.
Click Associate - Mel S
Your passion for the FE sector is clear and that is what drives the work of all those associated with Click, which is without a shadow of doubt the most efficient and supportive organisation I have ever worked with. Long may it continue to be so successful.
Click Associate - Keith B
I was recommended to work for Click by some of my peers. They said they were the best managing agency to work for. They were correct in their assertion. From the moment I was interviewed I realised this was a company that not only had a drive and passion for further education but also a professional attitude towards their consultants. Over the last few years I’ve had a number of interesting and challenging opportunities which I have in enjoyed. I feel valued and appreciated and I hope to work for Click for many years to come.
Click Associate - Ian G
I have found  Click to be the best agency to do business with. You can enter a placement knowing you are in good hands and that your needs will be considered alongside those of the organisation. All the staff working for Click are extremely supportive and their loyalty to you and their business is evident in the communication and contact. I am sure that their contribution to the FE sector is recognised as one of the most valuable and significant.
Click Associate - Jo C