Provide Education sets 2016 growth plan following 75% turnover increase in 2015
Provide Education aims to create new jobs and grow its business by 30% in 2016, after its turnover increased by 75% in 2015.
Director and co-founder of Provide Education, Barry Simmons, said, “Following year on year growth for nine years, our workload increased phenomenally in 2015. We took more than 500 calls to get teachers in to classrooms and provide vital cover for lessons in November – and that made it our busiest month ever.
“We can only see our business growing again as we enter our tenth year because we are working with more and more schools across Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
“And this next term is traditionally the busiest time of year too, as schools prepare for tests and exams and need extra teaching support. We look forward to expanding again to meet demand.”
In the last 12 months Provide Education extended its reach to schools in Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire and also secured an agreement with Leeds LEA, which enables the agency to work with schools in Leeds for the first time.
The agency’s priority for 2016 is to sign up 30% more teachers to its books to fill short and long-term vacancies; many in primary education and also in maths, English and science teaching at secondary school level.
Provide also plans to create at least three new jobs to expand its 18-strong workforce across its three branch offices.
In the last year Provide, whose headquarters are in Barnsley, recruited five new people to its staff and the company moved to larger branch offices at Thornhill Brigg Mills in Brighouse and also doubled the size of its office space at Shireoaks’ Triangle Business Park in Worksop.
The agency started working with 30 schools when former teacher Simmons and co-founder Katie Buckle, a recruitment specialist, set the company up in 2006. Now in its tenth year, the agency works with about 500 schools.