first choice education

first choice have launched a brand new education division to be ready for the start of the new term in September

First Choice have been recruiting in the West Yorkshire area for over two decades. It all started way back in 1993 when Anne Lockwood and Andy Turner started First Choice Recruitment – a business dedicated to providing the highest standards of recruitment solutions for candidates and clients across the region and 22 years on, they serve some of the region’s largest employers, providing both temporary and permanent employment opportunities for 1000s of Wakefield job seekers.

So why Education?

Anne Lockwood, Managing Partner says, “We already supply several schools and colleges in the Wakefield area with administrative and non-teaching staff and were constantly asked why we didn’t supply teachers and support staff. We took these comments on board, did our research and found there was a gap in the local market for a professional agency to provide educational staff. So I suppose it was the logical next step for our business to grow and what better way than a brand new service that Wakefield is crying out for?”

First Choice believes the secret of their success lies in our Regions people. Anne says, “I am Wakefield born and bred – this is where I grew up as a child and where I always wanted to make a difference. Both Andy and I had careers with international recruitment agencies before deciding that we wanted to do things differently and provide a more personalised service with an unrivalled knowledge of the area that we knew had amazing potential. We now want to bring the service and standards we live and breathe across to our new education division and set the bar even higher.”

Andy Turner, Managing Partner, says “First Choice Recruitment were instrumental in the Buy Wakefield campaign, a scheme designed to provide local companies with local services. Why not use a local company and keep business within the region; it makes sense in so many ways. This is exactly why First Choice Education was born on the back of over 22 years’ success from First Choice Recruitment – providing top quality service to top quality local companies.”

First Choice have now appointed Jessica Rusdale as Head of Education to support the set up of the new venture. Jessica comes with a wealth of experience in recruitment and finance and will add valuable skills and knowledge to the company. Jessica says, “it was too good an opportunity to miss to lead the new department in this very exciting venture. The Wakefield education scene has been in need of a local recruitment company that cares and is not just interested in bottom line figures. I feel First Choice can really make a difference in placing teachers and support staff into the right schools, colleges and universities at the right times. This can only be good for the people of Wakefield.”

For more information on this and how First Choice Education can help your school, college or university please contact us on 01924 200300 or email
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