Leigh Academies Trust is a non-profit making charitable company limited, based in Strood, Medway. The Trust exists to support and assist schools to build upon their existing strengths and to help them achieve rapid educational transformation. It has significant experience in running schools, and today includes both sponsored academies and schools which have chosen to convert to Academy status.
We first met Leigh Academies Trust at a CIPD exhibition. Following consultation, we were delighted to be chosen as Leigh Academies Trust’s applicant tracking system provider. With approximately 1,000 staff, Leigh Academies Trust comprises of 29 academies and educates around 15,000 students.
The recruitment and HR team at Leigh Academies Trust provide a service to 29 separate academies, each with their own needs and identity. To balance the need for a corporate consistency and individual identity, their Jobtrain candidate portal is branded in line with their corporate careers site, but with each job advertised representing the logo of the academy in which the job is based.
Leigh Academies Trust has developed a really effective partnership with Jobtrain, embracing its capabilities and pioneering the change to online recruitment within their schools. The applicant tracking solution has proved popular with client users and candidates, reduced administration, increased spend and controlled costs, ultimately supporting scalability of recruitment as the Trust has expanded from 8 to 29 schools since implementing Jobtrain.