Apollo Teaching Services Achieve Gold Standard Award

Apollo Teaching Services achieves REC Audited Education status

A Welsh recruitment agency has passed a rigorous inspection by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the UK’s recruitment industry, in order to achieve REC Audited Education status.

Apollo Teaching Services of Wales adhere to the highest standards in recruitment and are undertaking all the relevant checks when supplying teachers and non-teaching staff to schools.

The REC scheme provides successful recruiters with an accreditation that is recognised by teaching unions, local authorities and schools. It enables both schools and temporary teachers to feel confident about the quality of the agencies they deal with.

Apollo Teaching Services is the first company in Wales to receive the prestigious Recruitment and Employment Federation Audited Accreditation Award.

The award is the gold standard in the industry and looks in depth at the procedures in place in relation to recruiting and placing educational staff.

In addition to being the first company in Wales to receive this award, Apollo is also the first in the UK to achieve this recognition on the first assessor’s visit.

Faith Olding, Co- Director of Apollo Teaching Services, said, “This award is the culmination of the hard work the team at Apollo Teaching Services has undertaken over the last few years.  In our industry having rigorous procedures in place to safeguard students and to optimise educational progress is essential in relation to supplying the best service to our schools and ultimately to learners.

“Supplying teachers to schools is a responsibility we take very seriously and ensuring that the staff we supply have been through a robust checks is an integral part of our business model. “

Founded in 2006, Apollo Teaching Services Ltd, currently supplies over 3000 staff to schools across Wales. In addition it supplies teachers and educational staff across the UK with offices across Wales, Newcastle and Bristol.

Lee Powell, Co- director of Apollo Training Services said, “As a company one of our core obligations is to ensure we continually develop and improve on our procedures and policies to ensure our background checks continue to meet and exceed the current requirements. This commitment was identified as a key area of excellence in our recent award.

“Providing high standards of training for our teachers through a fully comprehensive continuous professional development programme is also part of our core ethos.  We believe that our strategy for on-going improvement is one of the key areas where we are able to add value to our schools.”

Faith Olding adds, “The recent Estyn Report highlighted concerns regarding cover arrangements in schools. As a company we believe that cover arrangements can be one of the most difficult elements for schools to manage.

“By employing highly motivated, committed and experienced staff, maintaining strong partnerships with head teachers and ensuring that our procedures adhere to strict standards we hope to mitigate against the issues surrounding the supply of cover teachers as much as possible This award is a resounding endorsement of our business ethos.”

The company is also celebrating its recent success in achieving its Investors in People Bronze Award at the first attempt placing it at the leading edge of the best people management practice in the UK demonstrating Apollo’s on-going commitment to investing in its staff.

REC chief executive Kevin Green added: “Congratulations to Apollo Teaching Services for achieving the gold standard in recruitment. They join an elite group of agencies across the UK who have been recognised for operating the very best practice in education recruitment.

“The aim of our scheme is to give headteachers peace of mind that they are working with an accredited supplier. By earning the right to display the REC Audited Education logo, Apollo Teaching Services can assure schools, parents and pupils that the staff they supply are recruited properly and have on-going support.”