Vacancy Filler is Top of the Class at Loughborough Endowed Schools
Loughborough Endowed Schools (LES) a charitable foundation consisting of four independent schools with over 2,000 students, has adopted the Vacancy Filler online recruitment system to help manage the volume of job applications it receives, while addressing the high cost of advertising and recruitment agency fees.
Prior to deploying the Vacancy Filler software, all LES recruitment was paper-based. LES had used a limited number of job boards and had tried LinkedIn, but results were mixed. It was clear that an electronic system could not only provide an automatic audit trail but also speed up the appointment process and reduce reliance on paper.
Richard Smeeton, IT Director at Loughborough Endowed Schools, took the lead to implement an online recruitment system with the target of achieving a payback within 12 months, whilst reducing the burden of paperwork involved in recruitment. Other aims of an online solution included improving and streamlining the recruitment process.
Richard said, “We looked at other systems but did not find them as cost-effective as Vacancy Filler. We liked the way that Vacancy Filler integrated with the Foundation’s own website, maintaining the look and feel of its pages even though the software is hosted in the cloud. The system will be particularly effective in recruiting for IT and professional posts, saving a considerable amount of time for the hiring managers whilst enhancing the candidate experience. “
He continued, “While we will still use specialist press advertising for some roles, the access to multiple job boards through the system allows us to reach a wider range of candidates so that we can find those of the highest calibre. We can shortlist much more precisely and fairly using numeric scores from tests and we now have the facility to retain a ‘talent pool’ for future roles.”
Loughborough Endowed Schools is a charitable foundation consisting of four independent schools with over 2,000 students. Operating under a single Board of Trustees/Directors, the Foundation comprises Loughborough Grammar School, Loughborough High School,Fairfield Preparatory School, and Our Lady’s Convent School. The LES Music School serves all the schools.
The Foundation employs 600 staff in both teaching and non-teaching roles, with a mix of full and part-time posts. The Head Teachers are responsible for the management of educational activities whilst business aspects of the Foundation are managed through the centralised functions of finance, estates, health and safety, catering, network services, human resources, marketing, commercial and the development office.
LES has a significant number of casual employees ranging from sessional music teachers to cleaners, catering and estates staff. At least 20 vacancies occur each year within the central support teams, plus a range of other roles at all levels across the Foundation.
About Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software
Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software provides a comprehensive, flexible and easy-to-use recruitment software solution which streamlines recruitment for both candidate and recruiter. The product helps organisations make the best hiring decisions possible, allowing them to experience significant ROI. The company was ranked number 27 in the Deloitte Fast 50 of fastest-growing UK technology companies and in the top 500 of fastest growing companies overall, announced in December 2015. It was also ranked 4th best UK tech company employer by popular job website Glassdoor in 2014.
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