What’s it like to work for Axcis Education Recruitment? Hear from our staff members and decide for yourself!
I have been at Axcis for over a year and it was the best decision I made. Prior to joining Axcis, I always thought I would not go into recruitment especially after working for cut throat sales companies. However, once I went for an interview and found out more I can honestly say that Axcis is great company that really make you feel like part of a family as appose to just a number. I had no recruitment experience before joining Axcis and I really benefitted from all the training and support that was offered to me. After a year of being here and working hard I was promoted to a Senior Consultant and could really see that the hard work I put in was appreciated and valued. Axcis really look after their staff and reward hard work. I can’t wait to continue growing my career here at Axcis! Kira, Axcis Midlands
I’m Helena, and I’m an Executive Account Manager in the London office. I was last years’ top biller for Axcis, and have been with the company for nearly four years. However, if you had asked me four years ago what I thought I’d be doing now, recruitment would definitely not have been on the list! So I guess the question we’re asking here is, ‘What changed your mind?’
The answer is: Axcis. And it’s not about pay or commission: it’s about values.
When I joined Axcis as an Account Manager in 2014, I had absolutely no recruitment experience – and I started just two weeks before the start of the new academic year! It could have been a stressful and debilitating experience, but thanks to Axcis’ uniquely supportive atmosphere, I was able to meet the challenge head on. Having heard some horror stories before starting in recruitment, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the family feeling at Axcis. There may be a healthy sense of competition between consultants – after all, we do work in sales! – but fundamentally, we are all dedicated to working together to ensure that everyone can achieve their potential, whether that’s through offering guidance to a new starter, helping someone to resource in a challenging area, or simply being there to cheer on other people’s successes. Simply put, we trust each other!
I’m also proud to say that this spirit of positivity and honesty continues in the work we do as a company. In our publicity, you’ll see us describing ourselves as ‘the ethical agency’ – a term which can seem like an oxymoron to the recruitment cynic. However, as my knowledge of the sector has grown and developed, I have only become more aware of how hard we work to make sure that this is the case – from negotiating rates that honour the needs of both our schools and our candidates, to offering extensive CPD in a range of sector-specific skills that really do make our candidates more employable, and also improve the level of support they can offer in school. Nothing exemplifies this more than our work as sponsors of the National Autistic Society, in particular our support of the APPGA’s Education Inquiry in 2017. How many agencies can you name that care so much about developments in their sector that they have invested in projects that enable genuine parliamentary change?
In short, Axcis is a fantastic company to work for not just because of what we offer, but because of how we do it. If you want to work with wonderful people for a cause you genuinely believe in, it’s the only place to be. Helena, Axcis London
Coming from a SEND Education background I believed Axcis was the perfect place for me to work, I was not wrong. I joined Axcis 7 months ago after working for two large Education Agencies for over 4 years, I can honestly say I have not looked back.
At Axcis my strengths are highlighted and I am always encouraged to think outside the box. In the short time I have been here I have grown from strength to strength and built good relationships with my colleagues. Axcis has a great working environment where autonomy is encouraged but support is always there if needed.
I love working for Axcis as we have great understanding of the sector which helps us to deliver an excellent service to our clients. This also enables us to build and maintain strong, lasting and valuable relationships.
I am excited about the challenges and progression Axcis has to offer me now and in the near future. Rebecca, Axcis London
I worked for a large corporate education agency for 13 years and always swore I would never work for another agency, it was always a case of ‘the grass isn’t greener on the other side!’ However, I was growing increasingly unhappy in my role and heard about an opportunity at Axcis so decided to make the leap. It was, without a doubt, the best decision I made! I’ve been here for 2.5 years now and in that time have progressed from account manager to branch manager to training and HR manager.
So, what do I love about working for this brilliant company? I could mention the excellent bonus scheme, that when they say candidates are as important as clients they actually mean it, the reduced working hours during school holidays, the training and coaching available, the annual company party, the fact that Axcis, in a sea of competition, actually has a genuine USP (we are the only special needs education agency out there and are offering something that no other agencies are) but one of the main reasons would have to be the people and the supportive senior management team. Many people within the company have worked here for 10 years or longer and are supportive, approachable and passionate about providing a great service. SMT set realistic and achievable margin and KPI targets and are not afraid to pick up the phone to join in on sales hour or go out on visits with consultants (is there anything worse than a manager who thinks they can do your job yet haven’t made a sales call in months?!) Our partnership work with NAS and our training and seminars that we regularly run for our clients and candidates give you so many reasons to call your schools and recruit the best candidates.
Having worked in education recruitment for over 15 years now I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier!’ Louise, Axcis South West & Wales
I joined Axcis nearly two years ago after working as an English teacher for five years and in the initial teacher training department of a local university for three so I was used to working in, and liaising with schools, but the extraordinary world of special needs has been a wonderful discovery! I love working for Axcis as we genuinely offer a service like no other. The UK leader in SEND recruitment, we hire TAs, teachers, SENCOs, therapists and psychologists with experience or training in SEND, and work with a wide range of clients from tiny community provisions to national charities and academy chains. Our investment in the CPD of our candidates, as well as INSET for school staff, is second to none and I’m hugely proud of our partnership with the National Autistic Society and the work with do with numerous SEND charities including nasen. Our office, like every Axcis office, is happy, lively and fun. Working alongside education and recruitment professions is rewarding for all of us and the many varied experiences we bring complement each other brilliantly. The one thing we all have in common is how much we care about what we do and the reward we receive from assisting fantastic mainstream and special schools and alternative provisions with dedicated and professional staff with whom the former teachers amongst us would have been pleased to share our own classrooms. Just like the heart with which we work, everything else about Axcis is, simply put, really generous. From the commission structure to the working hours, the in-house training to the career progression of staff, everyone is cared for and nurtured by the senior management team and it really feels like a family in which our hard work is recognised and our successes are celebrated. All in all, it’s a lovely place to work! Victoria, Axcis South West & Wales
Having worked for Axcis for over a decade, I have always been grateful for the opportunities given to me. I first interviewed for the company when I left the teaching profession and made a conscious decision to give recruitment a try. I never expected my recruitment career to last more than a few years – my plan was to get on the housing ladder and then return to teaching. But I never realised I’d find my calling with Axcis! I progressed from Junior Consultant to Senior Consultant within a couple of years under the support and guidance of my managers. From there I became an Executive Consultant with responsibility for developing training and support materials and continued to run a successful desk. I then took on HR responsibilities and developed our graduate recruitment programme before going on maternity leave in 2014. I hadn’t expected to return after having my son, but again Axcis showed me a level of support that I never expected. I now work from home on a part-time basis and focus on marketing and communications work for the company. I am eternally grateful for the continued support I receive from Axcis and hope that my career with the company continues for many years to come. Emily, home based
My name is Tessa and I have been with Axcis since July 2013. I started off as a graduate recruitment consultant and was quickly promoted after a year. My role started to change in where I was given more responsibility every time I was promoted which has landed me in the position I am in today – as one of the Team Leaders at Axcis Education. I currently run a small team of 2 and couldn’t be happier. I made it clear to my managers from the beginning that eventually I would like to manage a small team and with, hard work, training and coaching, we made it happen! I can honestly say I am happy working for Axcis Education and if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be here! Tessa, Axcis London
Do you want to work for Axcis?
If you’re interested in working for this fantastic company, why not take a look at our internal vacancies? As a growing company, we are always on the look out for fresh talent – whether you are a sales person, administration professional or simply looking for a change, we’d be interested in hearing from you. We are also always on the look out for teaching and support staff for the schools we work with, so if an office role isn’t for you, why not register for work in one of the schools we support?