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How to choose an agency?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by cissy3, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    I know supply is bleak at the moment, but thought I'd ask anyway. (And the Jobcentre folks have been asking why I haven't signed up to an agency!)

    I live near a whole host of different LAs, and loads (and I mean loads!) of different agencies purporting to be able to provide work (ha!) and, incidentally clogging up the DWP websites and jobs pages with their 'jobs'!
    When I've asked around, I've been given different recommendations, so no firm leads there.
    Can't afford to pay for CRBs for too many agencies.
    So how do you choose?

    (Alternatively, how can I prove to the Jobcentre that it would not be worth my while [​IMG] )

  2. I have never used an agency, I go around individual schools with my CV.
  3. Paraphrasing......So how do you choose...?
    I would say.........VERY CAREFULLY!!
    There are some real *** out there in terms of agencies and consultants....Have a look at the "Worst Agency" thread to see why..
  4. In my experience all the agencies which have advertised through the job centre have been useless, yet everytime I go they ask me why I'm getting work with them despite it being on my file that they are a no go!
    Have you tried asking some local schools which agencies they use? I found my current agency this way, although I'm still not getting a lot of work it is better than none!
  5. moleylong

    moleylong New commenter


    Have a look at this... it's relatively true on its information about my agencies.

    Then apply for the best looking one, get the CRB for them and then, when applying for others, email these first and ask if they can accept a recently received CRB (any you get through an agency should have portability). If they say yes, give them a ring and register with them... for free!!

    That's what I did...

  6. Looks like the Randstad staff have found the website and have been bigging it up. If they did that well, I must have brain cancer.
  7. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Thanks for the replies.

    Another (naive) question.
    Why are agencies so keen to sign up staff for whom they cannot provide work. I mean, what's in it for them?
  8. Money! Every person can be offered as a potential candidate for a job. If not, the agency looks good because they have so many highly qualified etc staff on their books! Makes the agency look very desirable!
  9. VelvetChalk

    VelvetChalk New commenter

    If you know some schools and some teachers ask for recommendations.Also, I was given the advice to stick to education specialist agencies as they treat their staff better and are more understanding with certain issues. I have followed this advice and love my agency, I also got 40 quid for signing up as my agency offer 80 pounds to their staff if they recommend a friend and we split the money. :)

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