It sounds like a bold claim but with some secondary schools spending up to £435,000 on supply teachers in one academic year and reports of recruitment agencies charging schools a £10,000 ‘finder’s fees’ for permanent hires there must be an alternative solution.
Well, now there is!
Set up by people passionate about education and innovation, Ednex is supporting schools to reduce or even eliminate recruitment spend via agencies.
“At Ednex we believe that the standard of our children’s education should not be dictated by how much the school has left in its budget. By releasing money away from recruitment spend resources can then be allocated to areas of the school it is truly needed.” Jason Allsebrook, MD and Founder of Ednex
It all sounds great but how does it work?
On one side it is a careers platform for teachers, teaching assistants and education support staff. A place to manage their digital CV, career history and CPD privately until they are looking for their next role. This enables us to support teachers moving into the industry and also throughout their career at no cost to them.
On the other side, it’s a school’s personal AI recruiter. Our Ednex partner schools create a profile through which they can manage and promote as many vacancies as they wish. Whether that is supply, fixed term or permanent hires, simply and efficiently.
And here’s the really smart bit, the Ednex platform is then able to match those vacancies with relevant, vetted and background checked candidates (all candidates are cleared by our specialist compliance team before they are able to receive job matches), enabling them to then apply and communicate directly with the school.
It is also incredibly simple to use whether that’s on PC, laptop, tablet or phone and is designed to save schools time as well as money. Schools and teachers are very busy so the platform needs to reflect that.
And the cost?
The smart technology enables us to offer schools a dramatically reduced cost associated with their current recruitment practices. Using Ednex for one year will generally cost less than just one placement via traditional recruitment methods, and schools can use the platform to advertise as many roles they wish, meaning the saving to the school increases on every single hire.
The platform is completely free for teachers, teaching assistants and education support staff to use and because we do not need to charge a margin (we’ve heard reports of some agencies taking a 30% cut of supply rate) then candidates can be paid the whole rate!
What should schools do?
The current teacher shortage and associated recruitment costs are set to continue so schools need to consider viable alternatives to current recruitment methods and gain support from organisations who can work them through this process.
We are therefore very keen to hear from schools, academies and MATs who are not already part of the Ednex network to discuss how we can support them too!