Herts for Learning (HfL) is an award-winning provider of products and services to schools and educational settings within and outside Hertfordshire. We believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances.  We focus on supporting the schools we work with to achieve successful long-term outcomes for their children.  HfL is majority owned by Hertfordshire schools and operates with a not-for-profit ethos. 

    HfL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

    HfL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

    To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

    Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like. 

    Here are a few of the perks for working at HfL in addition to your competitive salary:

    • 28 days annual leave (rising to 31 following five years’ service)  plus bank holidays
    • a range of additional leave (compassionate, emergency, pregnancy related sickness, and disability leave for appointments).
    • pension scheme (10% employer contribution)
    • access to a Rewards Platform (with nearly 1,000 offers for you to enjoy)
    • life assurance
    • annual performance related bonus
    • learning and development opportunities including academic sponsorship
    • occupational sick/maternity/adoption pay
    • flexible and remote working opportunities
    • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which provides advice and support, including a counselling service.
    • access to Mental Health First Aiders

    If you decide to visit our offices in Stevenage, you will also have access to:

    • free and secure underground parking on-site
    • modern office facilities
    • onsite restaurant
    • shower and changing facilities

    If you are looking for the next exciting move in your career we would love you to come and join us!

    In order to apply for jobs at Herts for Learning, please use the following forms:

    We ask that you follow the guidance listed within the above forms to support our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process. Application forms and supporting statements must be submitted in a word format so they can be anonymised before being reviewed for shortlisting.

    Please note, section 1 and 4 of the application form will not be shared with hiring managers, the full application form will only be seen by the HR team. The equal opportunities form will not be stored with your application and will only be utilised by the HR team to help us make sure our policies and working practices are inclusive and non-discriminatory.

    Once you have completed the application, supporting statement and equal opportunities forms please email them to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk you may also include your CV and / or cover letter.

     

    Current vacancies

    If you are looking for the next exciting move in your career, we would love you to come and join us. We currently have vacancies in the following areas:

    Contract Type: Self-Employed or Variable Hours Contract on Payroll

    Hours: Ad Hoc

    Salary: Part time sessional role, pay is £116.58/£182.91 per meeting depending on qualifications and experience. 

    Location: St Albans, West Herts and Broxbourne.

    Are you interested in supporting school governing boards and trusts?

    Do you have strong administrative skills and a keen eye for detail?

    Are you seeking an ad hoc admin role which fits around other work or family commitments?

    The clerking role is a flexible role which can fit around other work or family commitments and provides an opportunity to support schools from a governance perspective and a chance to increase your skills and knowledge of education legislation.

    The clerk to the governing board will be accountable to the governing board, working effectively with the chair of governors, and the governing board. The clerk will be responsible for proving support and advice to the governing board on constitutional and procedural matters, duties and powers and will work in line with statutory legislation. They will also secure the continuity of governing board business and observe confidentiality. Meetings are generally held in the evenings on fixed dates, but preparation support and follow up actions will fit in with a clerk's own availability.

    For this role we are looking for individuals with good administration skills including attention to detail, and governance and school knowledge. Successful candidates will be required to attend a remote full day induction.

    The role sits within the Governance team, who provide support through a range of services for governors, trustees and clerks. Details can be found on our website:

    Herts for Learning: Governance

    The team are currently supporting schools and settings both in person and remotely. Therefore, the ability to reach different locations by car will be essential. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. Also, as there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

    If you are currently working in this environment, looking for a new challenge, or want an to know more about this opportunity, please contact Kelly King via email on  Kelly.King@hertsforlearning.co.uk or call 01438 544459. For further information please read the attached Information Pack.

    Ready to apply: Submit your CV along with the supporting form and statement (download in the attached Information and Application Pack), and the equal opportunities form. Once completed, please submit the forms to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the hfl.recruitment email address above.

    All applicants who meet the pre-requisite requirements will be contacted for a telephone interview.  Please indicate your availability.

    We would love to hear from you.

    Telephone Interviews:  Arranged at a mutually convenient time

    Final Stage Interviews:  Arranged at a mutually convenient time

    July Clerk Induction:  Monday 4th July 2022 09:30 – 14:30 via Microsoft Teams

    HfL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

    HfL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Anti-Racist position statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

    To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

    Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.

    Contract: Permanent: fulltime, at 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year (part-time hours will be considered)

    Salary: Starting from FTE £31,000 p.a. with opportunity for progression plus excellent benefits.

    Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire, and occasional visits to the Head Office in Stevenage.

    Do you enjoy financial problem solving and fact finding to reach a solution?

    Would you like to use your financial knowledge and skills to influence the development of financial systems in order to provide improvements and efficiencies for customers?  

    Have you generated and delivered training in engaging ways to aid customers understanding of complex finance and systems processes?

    In this role you will be joining the Financial Services Systems Team to ensure the finance systems used in school meet the statutory and Herts County Council requirements of schools financial reporting and budgetary control. You will have a key role in influencing system and process improvements, project managing them to fruition whilst creating and delivering training to schools. You will also support our Helpline Service and Advisers in their delivery of financial services to schools and academies.

    This role requires an individual with experience in finance who can resolve complex finance queries, challenge and test financial systems and have the ability to influence developments. The successful candidate will hold a qualification in finance (full or part), be able to communicate complex financial information and guidance to customers in a variety of ways to ensure understanding and, will have a proactive approach to keeping their knowledge up to date. You must be able to collaborate, maintain and develop the relationships with key stakeholders and 3rd parties to achieve results.

    The Financial Services Systems Team ensure that the financial management and budgetary control software used in schools’ meets the reporting requirements, is robust, efficient and facilitates informed decision making. The team liaise with Herts County Council and 3rd party suppliers to develop those systems, provide helpline support, along with guidance and training on finance and finance systems. This service is provided to schools, academies and shared with the wider team of Financial Services Advisers and HfL School Business Managers working with schools.

    This is an opportunity to develop your career by joining the Systems Team in supporting schools, influencing systems development and delivering guidance and training, in order to help schools to make informed financial decisions so that they can help their pupils to achieve their potential.

    Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of working on-site across various schools and settings, remote working and, if desired, up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Therefore the ability to reach different locations by car will be essential for this role. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

    Benefits: A generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years) or the equivalent paid for Term Time employees, family-friendly policies, hybrid working, company performance bonus, professional development opportunities, and benefit schemes for discounts and cashback offers.

    Do you want to know more about this opportunity? Please contact Stephen Luff by email Stephen.Luff@hertsforlearning.co.uk and provide your mobile no. so a mutually convenient time can be arranged to discuss the role.

    To apply, email hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk with a detailed CV or the HfL application form (available to download from the HfL website) along with a cover letter to include responses to the following questions/scenarios:

    1. What financial systems/ packages do you have experience of?
    2. Scenario - You review a finance package / system and find it to be suitable but basic. However you have identified there are some reporting shortfalls, it stores the supplier address but not the county and the customer’s requirement is that the finance package / system can report by county.
         - What actions would you take to reach a resolution and / or decision on the software’s suitability?
    3. Scenario - A finance package / system has been authorised for use and an internal team of 50 staff, 6 helpline experts and 400 external schools need to be trained to use the system.
         - What factors do you feel are important to ensure effective training?

    As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we ask that you follow the guidance stated in the application forms.

    For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the hfl.recruitment email address above.

    We would love to hear from you.

    Interview Date:  w/c 20th June 2022 via Microsoft Teams

    This job advert may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. To make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity, please submit your application as soon as you can. Please note that the interviews will be taking place remotely.

    HfL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

    HfL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Anti-Racist position statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

    Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.

    To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.