Recruitment agency gains gold standard

Barry Simmons, co-director of Provide Education
Barry Simmons, co-director of Provide Education

A Brighouse-based recruitment agency has been awarded the gold standard for the way it vets teachers and support staff before sending them into schools.

Provide Education has gained REC Audited Education gold status for the second time, following an audit to re-assess its safeguarding practices.

The award is the highest national accreditation for safeguarding children by the professional body which regulates the UK’s recruitment industry, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Provide Education, based in Thornhill Brigg Mills, was one of the first recruitment agencies in the UK to gain the award in 2014. To retain it, the company underwent a thorough inspection of its policies and procedures, spot-checks and interviews with its agency staff.

The accreditation comes as Provide Education celebrates ten years of business, offering a recruitment service to help more than 500 schools in West and South Yorkshire and the East Midlands fill supply jobs and permanent vacancies. It has more than 2,000 teachers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses on its books, as well as other non-teaching staff.

The company was set up in 2006 by former teacher Barry Simmons and his co-director, experienced recruitment consultant Katie Buckle.

Barry said: “We’re thrilled to have passed the audit with flying colours to retain the gold award, in the same year that we turn ten. I’m very proud of our compliance team and all our staff who work tirelessly at Provide to ensure that the strict policies and procedures are adhered to and followed every single day.

“The safety of the children we work with is paramount and we will continue to work hard to make sure our high standards continue. Here’s to the next ten years.”