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Have you found your agency 'consultant' on Linkedin?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Hazel Catkins, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. A couple of years ago, after seven years of working for an agency, a member of their staff shouted at me on the telephone. This was his reaction to me being unable to work for them, because I had been offered and accepted a placement by another agency. He was also angry because I had not recognised that he was the manager, despite the agency not informing me this was the case. Letters to the agency, REC, QM and local authority were to no avail and I did not work for them again (as described in the Worst Agencies . . . Worst Agency Experiences thread).

    Recently, while researching another agency, I came across this description of the aforementioned individual on uk.linkedin.com:

    "[Person's name] BA Hons MIRP's Summary

    -Experienced recruiter with ten years industry experience
    -Almost eight years served in the Education sector

    Worked as consultant through to Operations Manager.

    Developed existing business further and experienced in three start up business/ desks through to success

    Education recruitment
    Operations Management
    Strategic Development"

    What is significant is that this person has considerably less of what he calls 'Experience' (with a capital 'E'), albeit undefined, than I have in teaching. He appears to have no experience of teaching at all. None of the jargon is defined, particularly 'industry' and 'Education sector' (with a capital 'E'), although it needs considerable explanation.

    Further down the page, under 'Experience', are woolly phrases with more jargon, such as, 'Worked as a Consultant developing relationships with Schools in the ********** and *********** area, predominantly working with Primary Schools. Also accepted as one of five people onto the company's Management Development Programme.' What this means is not explained, much less how it constitutes experience. Presumably, punctuation, capitalisation and sentence structure are not a requirement of the agency or Linkedin!

    He claims to have been university educated with a BA in history and something called a MIRP. He says he has spent two years with the John Lewis department store and another two years with what appears to be a marine engineering agency.

    Reading this Linkedin page confirms my belief that one of the reasons teaching agency employees are rude, and treat supply teachers inappropriately, is because they are not professionally trained. This person's description indicates that he has no first-hand experience of teaching or education whatsoever. Furthermore, the experience that can be discerned, has little, or no, connection with teaching or education.

    Have you found a description of your agency consultant's experience on Linkedin?
  2. Note: I tried but failed to use line spaces and paragraphs.
  3. Good Grief (i thought both words needed capital letters here).
    this person that you speak of is a recruitment professional, not a teaching professional. If a nurse or doctor were signed up with healthcare agencies i doubt they would expect a doctor to be on the end of the phone when they called the agency.
    the industry that this person works in is 'recruitment' albeit around the education sysytem and i would not expect them to be a qualified teacher/teaching assistant to be able to perform their role well. (most agences i have come across now have qualified teachers working for them in some sort of capacity).
    I would however agree that they would need a fundamental understanding of the education system and the internal workings of schools and the minds of supply teachers in order to gain the respect of the individuals they are dealing with on a dialy basis - much the same as anyone working in any form of recruitment should aquire as much industry knowledge as possible.

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