At Activate Learning, we aim to balance a simple recruitment process together with our commitment to safeguarding our learners. This means that due to the nature of our work with children and vulnerable adults, we are unable to accept CVs and require an application form to be completed.

See below to find out more about how to apply for a vacancy at Activate Learning and the recruitment process.

The first stage of applying for a vacancy is to complete the online application form associated with your chosen vacancy. The application form will ask you to outline how your skills, knowledge and experience are applicable and why you are interested in the role. This is a key part of your application and is used to shortlist applications for interview.
We are unable to accept speculative CVs due to our Safer Recruitment requirements.

You may wish to work on your application in a separate document and paste it into the online application. Your application details will be saved allowing you to log out and return later to complete your application.

You will receive an automated acknowledgement email to confirm receipt of your application. Although we ask for you to supply your references, these will not be contacted until after acceptance of the verbal offer.

All vacancies will have a closing date. Applications are shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview and appoint before any advertised closing date. Once we close an advert you will be unable to complete your application form. We therefore encourage you to apply at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be contacted regarding the details of the interview and anything that you may need to prepare in advance. Online searches may be carried out as part of our recruitment checks to meet our safeguarding requirements.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on applications that have not been shortlisted.

Your interview may be either face to face at one of our sites or online via Microsoft Teams.

Your interview will follow safer recruitment practices, including asking you about any gaps in your employment history.

You will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the role or Activate Learning at the end of the interview, so you may want to prepare questions in advance.

To allow you to be successful at interview, read our interview tips here.

We are a Disability Confident Committed employer. The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

If you require reasonable adjustments, please email us.

The recruiting manager will contact the successful candidate to verbally offer the position. Once you have verbally accepted you will receive your formal offer and be asked to accept this electronically. This marks the start of your onboarding process.

If you are not successful at this time, we will also inform you as soon as possible after the interview, and provide feedback upon request.

If you accept an offer of employment with us, you will be required to complete pre-employment checks. These checks are in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance and will including an enhanced DBS Check.

Obtaining satisfactory references is an essential part of our recruitment process and so we will also need to take up reference checks, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

All successful applicants who have lived or travelled overseas for three months or more in the past five years may require further checks deemed appropriate so that any relevant events that occurred outside the UK can be considered.


All new employees are required to complete mandatory training in child protection and safeguarding and the Prevent Duty before you can begin working with us.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Our ambition is to create an inclusive working environment where each person feels welcomed, valued and can thrive, with equality and inclusion embedded into everything that we do and where everyone is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, inspiring and trusted environment.

We serve a diverse community and seek to develop a workforce that is representative of the community. We aim to provide an education service which in its teaching, administration and support services, actively promotes equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, disability, family or marital/civil partnership status, race, nationality or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or other beliefs, or for any other reason which cannot be justified.

For more information on our policies click here.