Why work for TIE?
How do you want to spend your summer? Well, you could flip burgers, serve beer to drunk people, restock shelves in your local supermarket or…
…see the delighted faces of kids when they have an unforgettable experience with TIE. With TIE? Of course, with! YOU help to make the experience unforgettable and make a difference to their lives. They will remember their two weeks for a long time, and you can be a part of this.
We are looking for EFL teachers, activity leaders, managers and house parents to make the schools and camps run smoothly during the summer. Recruitment usually starts in January each year and the process is pretty straightforward:
TIE will have its own easy-to-use recruitment portal from January onwards. Any questions or if you want to register your interest before then, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The serious stuff
Our students are children and, remember, parents are sending their precious children to be looked after by people they don’t know, to a place they have never been to.
We have a duty of care and a legal obligation to make sure we are hiring the right people. This means that successful candidates will need to supply two referees, and we will need to do a background check. Make sure you have no gaps in CVs/employment history, or you can explain that you were inter-railing around Scandinavia for a month or volunteering in Botswana.
You must be eligible to work in the country where the school or camp is located. TIE cannot sponsor visa applications.
Remember, though, if you are an EU-based applicant who wants to work in the UK, and you have worked in the UK before, you may be entitled to apply for a Frontier Work Permit.
It’s free to apply for – and you can’t say that very often about immigration services. So if this is you, get cracking, and don’t wait till a month before the summer…it takes a bit of time
All staff will get:
- access to MS 365/Teams
- a TIE goodie bag
- pre-arrival and onsite training
- full support from Head Office
- Contract Completion bonus
Some staff will get:
- Refer a Friend bonus
- Refer a Student bonus
- Loyalty bonus
- UK staff holiday pay (higher than statutory minimum)
- Star Employee bonus
Our staff are valuable to us – without you, we have no school or camp.
Application & Recruitment Process
We aim to make a positive difference to our students’ lives through unforgettable experiences which involve everyone working together.
Our values are:
Commitment to Students & Staff – We are a “people organisation” committed to treating everyone with care and respect, while maintaining the safety and well-being of everyone
Transparency – Commitment comes from all stake holders knowing and understanding how we work and what is expected
Communication – Transparency comes from being able to keep everyone informed at all levels, using all methods available clearly, concisely, unambiguously
Empathy – Communication is only effective when we understand ad value each others’ points of view
Equality – Everyone must be treated equally, regardless of their age, gender, racial heritage, religious beliefs or sexual orientation or identity
Quality – Following these values will enable us to deliver the highest quality.
Our courses in the UK are accredited by the British Council and our most recent inspection took place in 2022.
We welcome applicants with a ‘Can do’ approach and excellent communication skills who are enthusiastic, adaptable, able to work under pressure and as part of a team.
Previous experience in a similar role or in a summer school environment is desirable.
We are fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all students studying at our summer schools and all applicants must have a responsible approach to working with juniors.
All applicants must be eligible to work in the country where TIE summer school is based.
For further information on the requirements for each role, please see the job descriptions.
Submit your application.
If shortlisted, you will be invited to a video interview which will last approximately 30 minutes. If you have applied for a management position you might undergo a second interview.
If successful at your interview you will be sent a conditional job offer subject to:
- a satisfactory DBS certificate including a check of the Barred list – or local equivalent
- a minimum of two satisfactory references
- proof of your right to work
After all background checks have been completed and your employment dates and place of work confirmed, you will receive your contract.
After you sign your contract and submit other required documentation, we will send your MS365 log-in details which will give you access to our Employee Handbook and various policies that you need to read before you start work.
You submit your application.
If you have worked for TIE summer schools in the past 2 years and are applying for the same position, you will have a brief online conversation instead of an interview.
If you have worked for us 3 years or longer ago or are applying for a different position, you will have to follow the standard recruitment process.
An EU passport or national identity card alone is no longer valid proof of someone’s right to work in the UK, you need to have either pre-settled or settled status or a Frontier Work Permit.
A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check – previously known as a CRB Check –is a way for TIE to check applicants’ criminal records and help decide whether they are a suitable person to work for us.
The welfare of our students is paramount, and all staff are required to have a satisfactory Enhanced DBS with Barred List Check and, where applicable, an oversea check. Applicants for roles in Italy and US will be required to have a local equivalent.
If you work in the UK and we are required to apply for a DBS for you, 50% of its cost will be deducted from your final salary.
TIE will not cover the cost of Overseas Police Check.
Our summer schools are based in US, UK and Italy. Please refer to the Locations page on this website for further information.
You will be asked if you have any school preferences at the interview and your preferences will be taken into account. However, we cannot guarantee you will work at your preferred school as offers of employment are made based on applicants’ availability, skills and experiences.
We provide full training to all staff before they begin their employment. Depending on the country of work and the role, this could be online, in person and/or on-site before the students arrive.
All staff will also have to complete Safeguarding training before and staff working in the UK will be required to complete online Prevent training.
Working Hours & Rate of Pay
All staff will work 6 days per week with a full day off. Staff will generally work two sessions per day, while managers will manage their time according to the needs of the role.
All staff will be requested to opt-out of the 48-hour working time directive.
Days off will be decided by the Centre Manager. If you require a specific day off – for graduation or any other important event – please let us know during the interview.
Rates of pay depend on the role, and experience and will be discussed at the interview stage.
All staff will receive a Contract Completion Bonus – subject to successful completion of their contract – returning staff will receive a Loyalty Bonus.
Residential positions will include accommodation on-site for the length of your contract and three meals per day.
If you work in the UK, in your final pay you will receive holiday pay on the basic and contract completion pay at the rate of 13%.
You will be paid monthly in arrears. Your salary will be transferred directly into your bank account. We will advise the exact day nearer the time. If you start in June, this will be added to your July salary.
Working at TIE summer schools
You will be provided with a uniform, which you must wear when on duty.
Washing machines and dryers are available at most schools. Depending on the locations they are either free or have a small extra cost.
Accommodation depends on the school and details can be discussed at the interview stage.
You will stay in the same flat or house with students for supervision and in case of emergencies. You may be asked to move rooms during your contract
Due to safeguarding reasons, visitors are not permitted on site.
Bed linen is provided, but towels are provided only at our schools in Italy. It is not advised to bring valuables; TIE will not accept liability for any damage or loss to personal belongings.
Arrival and departure outside of the contracted dates are not available.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for at most schools, but advance notice must be given.
Please inform us or speak to the Centre Manager on arrival.
Limited parking is available at some schools. If you intend to travel to the school by car, we recommend you inform us in advance and we will do our best to assist.
Wi-Fi is available at all our schools.