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Supply teacher agency PK Education has appointed Romilly Wakeling to oversee its national expansion programme.
Hailing from Chelmsford, Romilly has been appointed as Operations Director of the expanding agency, which opened three brand new offices and recruited 10 new members of staff ahead of the 2016/17 academic year.
The expansion follows a record year of growth for the recruitment company which was founded in 2005. It now boasts seven offices and a team of nearly 40 staff. Staff have been recruited across the board filling director, recruitment consultant and support positions.
She brings more than 14 years’ experience in education recruitment to her new role at PK, which will involve her overseeing the operation of all of PK’s offices and driving further growth in the business.
The company has opened new offices in Wakefield, Leicester and Manchester. Additionally, the company has relocated to larger, better located premises in Nottingham city centre. The new offices join PK Education’s existing locations in Sheffield, Birmingham, Nottingham and Newcastle.
PK’s rapid expansion follows increased demand from schools for high quality teachers and support staff with local knowledge and specialist skills.
Romilly commented: “I love the feel of PK Education. It is a shining light of how education recruitment companies should be. We’re committed to working with schools on a partnership level making sure we get the right candidate in the right school. It’s a great environment to work in and alongside like-minded colleagues who are all committed to doing their best.”
Last year the company rebranded and made significant investment in its systems and processes in preparation for nationwide expansion in 2017.
New staff have been attracted by the company’s fresh approach to recruitment, which matches staff to schools based on their skills, experience and personality, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. PK’s approach to recruitment within a crowded and dated industry, is helping it attract quality teaching staff.
Commenting on the company’s growth plans Lee Carpenter, Director of PK Education said: “The company is committed to doing things differently and this approach is paying off after a number of years in business. We place great emphasis on professionalism within PK, both of our own staff and the candidates we supply to schools. This approach is enabling us to grow significantly at a sustainable level and at a rate that we can maintain the quality and standard of our service. It’s a hugely exciting time for the entire PK team. Further expansion is on the cards.”
Founded in Sheffield in 2005, PK Education supplies teachers, cover supervisors and classroom assistants to primary secondary and SEN schools as well as alternative education providers including Pupil Referral Units and hospital schools.
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