Working at Chichester College

Chichester College is the largest provider of further education in West Sussex. We are a key provider of education and employment to those in our local communities and make a critical contribution to local economic development.  We were established in Chichester in 1964 and also have a 570 acre land-based provision on our Brinsbury campus near Pulborough. We employ over 1,250 full and part-time staff.

Chichester Campus is situated a short walk from the main city centre and Brinsbury Campus is situated in the heart of the South Downs.

The college offers its community learning opportunities at all levels, from Foundation and Entry through to professional qualifications and Foundation Degrees. The college offers all 15 skills areas and a full ladder of learning exists in the vast majority of vocational areas, which enable students to progress from Level 1 to Level 3. The college is the largest A-level provider in the Chichester area and also offers some vocational qualifications at Levels 4, 5, and 7.

Key facts:

  • In 2014 the college was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in all four areas, Outcomes for Learners, Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Leadership and Management and Overall Effectiveness. 8 out of 9 curriculum areas inspected were judged to be outstanding.
  • In 2014 Brinsbury Horticulture students won a Gold Medal and Best in Show for the third time at the Ideal Home Exhibition at Earls Court.
  • In 2013 the college was a finalist in the Gatwick Diamond Employer of the year Awards.
  • In 2013 the college was awarded a nationally recognised Beacon Award for Staff Development for its Licence to Observe scheme.
  • In 2013 nationally recognised student achievement included a Gold Medal Winner and best in the UK squad at the World Skills Championship, Gold medal winner and best in show for Young Gardens at the Ideal Home Exhibition and national champions for our ladies football team. 
  • In 2011 the college’s First Steps Nursery on our Chichester Campus and the Residential Accommodation service were both awarded an Outstanding grade following inspection by Ofsted.
  • In 2010 the college was accredited by the British Quality Foundation as ‘Recognised for Excellence’ at the ‘Five Star’ level under the European Framework for Quality Management.
  • The college has a large international element, with 2,000 students from 65 countries studying at the college.

Our vision, mission and values

Our vision

Chichester College will be in the top 10% of colleges for success whilst remaining inclusive. It will be first choice for: 

  • Further education for our local communities
  • Regional businesses who wish to develop their workforces' skills
  • International further education in England

Our mission

Changing lives through learning. We do this by:

  • Educating young people in life and work skills
  • Retraining adults for new or improved careers
  • Outstanding teaching and learning
  • Responding to the skills needs of our local communities and employers
  • Providing teaching and learning in a community where diversity and internationalism are positively welcomed

Our values

In delivering our mission, we follow our six Core Values:

  • Teaching and learning is our prime focus
  • Commitment to excellence in all that we do
  • Respecting and valuing all individuals
  • Providing opportunities for all
  • Having a 'can do' attitude
  • Operating with honesty and integrity

Staff benefits

  • Competitive salary and holiday benefits.
  • All staff are eligible to join the Local Government or Teachers’ final salary pension schemes.
  • Opportunities for career and professional development. There are five days designated as development days by the college and further opportunities to undertake staff development.
  • Recognition schemes such as Star Team and Chairman's Award.
  • Occupational sickness benefits.
  • Occupational maternity, paternity and adoption benefits.
  • First Steps Nursery offers professional day care facilities for children aged 0 to 5 with subsidised rates for staff.
  • Through Sodexho Pass, the college has a Childcare Voucher Scheme.  
  • Key workers home buy support.  
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Sports Centre comprising fitness suite, climbing wall, sports hall and other fitness facilities. Gym membership is available at a discounted price for staff.
  • Oasis Beauty Salon and the Lee Stafford Academy offer a range of treatments from manicures, to hair styling and colouring, to Indian head massage, waxing and reflexology at discounted rates.
  • 64 Resturant and Bar is the college's training restaurant and is open to staff and members of the public for lunches and dinners with exciting menus.
  • Café 19 is open for morning coffee, homemade cakes and savoury items between 10.00am and 11.15am. At lunch you can enjoy a bistro style menu.

Employee Voice

Employees at Chichester College have the opportunity to get involved in college matters through our elected Staff Committee.

Chichester College established its Staff Committee, formally known as the Staff Council, in 2001 to provide a forum for staff representatives to meet members of the Governing Body and the Senior Management Team to discuss matters of mutual concern or interest.

The Committee is an effective means of consulting with members of staff on strategic and operational issues including the working environment, conditions of service and new legislation.

Objectives of the Staff Committee include:

To provide staff with an opportunity to contribute toward management decisions, raise issues and share good practice.

To enable management to seek the views of staff through elected representatives.

To enhance communication and provide a forum for new policy and strategy to be reviewed and discussed.

To act as the principle body for the purposes of consultation with staff as follows:

  • recent and probable developments in its activities and economic situation
  • the situation, structure and probable development of employment, and any anticipatory measures that are envisaged, especially where there is a threat to employment
  • decisions likely to lead to substantial changes in work organisation or contractual relations

The Committee does not have any decision-making powers nor is it a negotiating body. Having discussed issues it may make recommendations to the Governing Body and its Committees or other appropriate meetings.

Role and Expectations of Staff Representatives

It is expected that the elected staff representatives will be aware of constituent views, concerns and suggestions for improvement through pro-active communication. They will willingly speak on behalf of their constituents ensuring that all views are reflected at Staff Committee meetings and other related meetings, behave in a professional manner and in accordance with the College’s standards of behaviour, supporting the college’s core values and facilitate action or discussion between constituents and appropriate college teams/staff.


The college recognises the importance of a well planned and comprehensive induction programme to ensure new members of staff are adequately prepared for and supported in their roles.

Each new member of staff will receive:

A Corporate Induction: This is a two day event that provides new members of staff with an insight in to the ethos of the college, as well as key legal matters that staff need to be aware of at work.

A Human Resources Induction: This will take place on the first day of employment. New members of staff are welcomed to the college, given information pertinent to their role and complete any initial new starter paperwork.

An Area Induction: An introduction in to the working environment including meeting managers and colleagues. Staff will be given an overview of the function of the team/area and receive training to carry out their day-to-day duties.

In addition, staff who directly support the curriculum must attend a one day Curriculum Induction. The aim of the curriculum induction is to provide an overview of the teaching and learning model implemented at Chichester College and an awareness of the role of student tutors and learning assistants. Other topics such as equality and diversity, the use of information learning technology (ILT) in the classroom and managing behaviour are also covered.

Unqualified lecturers or lecturers new to the Further Education sector must also attend the one day License to Practice course, which covers the basics of lesson planning, reviewing learning and giving constructive feedback to students.

Dates for corporate, curriculum induction and licence to practice will be sent to newly recruited staff by the Professional Development Centre staff.