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In a move which will give education recruiters a real choice of representation, The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has announced that it will be launching an education sector group from January next year.

“No government has ever really understood the recruitment sector fully,” says Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo.  “There is a huge difference between a chambermaid and an interim Finance Director but if you have to lobby the Government as one big group, then the industry tends to get treated as one big sector – just one of the reasons why those recruiters operating in professional sectors end up as collateral damage for a lot of the broad brush legislation which is really aimed at protecting vulnerable workers – not career professionals.”

The move into the education sector comes on the heels of APSCo’s merger with The Association of Social Work Employment Businesses (ASWEB) earlier in the year and was a natural next step.  “We canvassed opinion within the education sector to see if there was a need for APSCo representation and the answer was a resounding yes”, adds Swain.

The new sector group’s aim will be to reposition professional recruiters as an essential resource to education establishments as well as to challenge government legislation affecting the education recruitment market.

Several issues have been identified by the group as priorities including whether the current Quality Mark is fit for purpose and the impact of the academy model on the future of procurement.

APSCo already has some early advocates including Jenny Rollinson Operations Director at Randstad Education, Eddie Austin, COO of Core ECS which includes recruiter ITN Mark and Tim Wheeler, Managing Director of The Sugarman Group. 

A launch event will be held at the National Union of Teachers Conference Centre on 10 January.  “Challenges for the Education Sector in 2013 and Beyond” will include a panel debate featuring:

Matthew Slater – Principal of Drapers’ Academy

Neil Carberry, Director of Employment & Skills at the CBI

Tony Cann CBE, Chair of Governors at Accrington Academy and member of the Strategy Board of the Institute of Effective Education at The University of York

Eddie Austin, Chief Operating Officer of Core ECS

Julie Collins, Government Procurement Service

Elaine Simpson, Chair of the National Children’s Bureau

Interested parties who would like to attend are invited to e-mail Kirstie.KellyBatt@apsco.orgor


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