Recruitment agency plans expansion

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A Brighouse recruitment agency is aiming to create three new jobs and grow its business by 30 per cent in 2016.

Provide Education works with around 2,200 teachers helping them to find supply teaching posts, and sometimes permanent jobs, in hundreds of schools across the region.

The company, established in 2007, saw its turnover increase by a 75 per cent in 2015 - and in November it placed a record number of teachers in to classrooms.

Director and co-founder of Provide Education, Barry Simmons, said: “Following year on year growth for nine years, our workload increased phenomenally in 2015.

“We took more than 500 calls to get teachers in to classrooms and provide vital cover for lessons in November – and that made it our busiest month ever.

“We can only see our business growing again as we enter our tenth year because we are working with more and more schools across Yorkshire and the East


The agency’s priority for 2016 is to sign up 30 per cent more teachers to its books to fill short and long-term vacancies; many in primary education and also in maths, English and science teaching at secondary school level.

Provide also plans to create at least three new jobs to expand its 18-strong workforce across its three branch offices.

Last year Provide recruited five new people to its staff and the company moved to larger offices at Thornhill Brigg Mills in Brighouse.

Provide Education started working with 30 schools when former teacher Barry and co-founder Katie Buckle set the company up in 2006. Now the agency works with about 500 schools.