Staff Benefits

Fortis Trust is dedicated to attracting and retaining the right teachers and support staff who are committed to developing and nurturing our students. We provide a range of staff benefits and rewards to support our staff.

Alongside providing a competitive pay package, we offer tax-efficient schemes for childcare and cycle-to-work purchases.

Staff benefits and rewards vary according to whether you are teaching staff or support staff, but include the following:

 

 

Teaching staff

  • Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • Retail, Health & Leisure Offers through CSSC Chatham & Maidstone
  • Sports & Leisure scheme – Optional to join
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Tax-Efficient Cycle-to-Work Programme
  • Specsavers Vouchers
  • Free annual flu jab

 

Support staff

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous Annual Leave Package Plus Public Holidays
  • Retail, Health & Leisure Offers through CSSC Chatham & Maidstone
  • Sports & Leisure scheme – Optional to join
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Tax-Efficient Cycle-to-Work Programme
  • Specsavers Vouchers
  • Free annual flu jab

All staff at Fortis Trust can also access the following benefits:

Employee Assistance programme:
  • Confidential emotional support and counselling available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week
  • Up to free six sessions of face-to-face or telephone counselling
  • Access to online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Management consultation to support those responsible for managing others
  • Specialist information on work-life balance
  • Financial and legal information
  • Information on local services such as elder care and childcare
Arriva Travel Club:
  • A saving of up to 20% annually, compared to buying 4 weekly tickets over the year
  • Online ticket purchase
  • Unlimited travel within their ticket zone for both work and leisure
  • Paperless tickets or paper tickets, if preferred
  • With a paper ticket. 2 children can travel free at weekends and Bank Holidays with the ticket holder
Bravo Benetifs Programme:
  • Easy access to Trust-wide benefits.
  • Dedicated benefits for Teachers and Support Staff.
  • Financial advice, exercise tips, healthy eating, and more, through external blog posts.
  • Mobile App available to provide ease of access.

Wellbeing Day

The Trustees recognise the increasing need to support staff work life balance and wish to support staff in being able to attend key events for their children or families, such as to support an elderly relative at a hospital appointment, attend a child’s play, etc.

 

Staff Induction

Fortis Trust staff will receive full induction support upon joining the team, plus ongoing personalised professional development opportunities, and wellbeing support.

Mindful Employer

As a Mindful Employer organisation, we also encourage staff to take part in regular wellbeing activities during the year, which involves opportunities to engage in a range of leisure, sport and health based activities. The Trust also has their own women’s netball team who compete regionally against other schools.

 

Staff Alumni

Leavers and Retirees from our staff team have the opportunity to join the Fortis Trust Staff Alumni.  If you are interested in joining, then please email office@fortistrust.co.uk

Bursaries

We believe that in order for everyone to ‘be their best’ it is important to support staff in their career development.

Fortis Trust’s Employee Bursary Scheme provides staff members with the opportunity to apply, on a competitive basis, for funding to undertake a formal educational qualification/course of study. The scheme can be used towards the cost of a degree or professional body course or a course identified by your manager as being relevant to your job role.

The Staff Bursary Scheme is funded by Fortis Trust.  It is open to all directly employed Fortis Trust staff, including full-time and part-time staff with at least half-time appointments. Staff must have completed two years of continuous service to Fortis Trust by the first day of the academic session for which the bursary is awarded.

The scheme is available on an annual basis, with awards made subject to the volume of successful applications.  The aim of the Bursary is to provide an opportunity for employees committed to pursuing a formal educational qualification/course of study to apply on a competitive basis for funding support.  It enables Fortis Trust to give commitment through a structured process to career development programmes, which supports the Trust’s People Strategy.

What can be funded?

The bursary programme applies only to those courses and programmes related to gaining Qualified Teacher Status / Professional Certification relevant to your role or of benefit to your academy, provision or/and Fortis Trust.

How much support will be awarded?

The level of support available in any given year is governed by individual application scores, the number of applications received and the amount of funds available.

Please note that the maximum award is £2,000 per person for a full degree, £1,000 per person for a professional certificate course and up to £500 for courses and programmes of 1-3 terms duration. This may be subject to change depending on either, the quality or quantity of the applications received this academic year.

The Bursary Scheme is intended to provide support for courses of study. This does not include other development activities such as conferences or seminars.

The Scheme only provides support for course fees.  All examination/ assessment fees must be included within this.  The Scheme does not cover  additional fees such as:

  • Additional assessment or examination fees
  • Professional, accreditation or registration fees
  • Portfolio fees
  • Transaction fees

The Bursary Scheme does not provide reimbursement for:

  • textbooks or materials
  • travel and subsistence (e.g. meals, accommodations)

The bursary scheme will not be credited for charges for courses that are cancelled by the student.

Staff can find out more information about the bursary scheme through the application pack, which is available for all members of Fortis Trust staff.

Vacancies

We advertise our vacancies on various platforms, including, but not limited to; Jobs Go Public; e-Teach; KentTeach; and various recruitment agencies e.g. Apex. Vacancies will also be published on the Fortis Trust website, and the relevant trust partner websites.

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