Working at Ascentis

Ascentis is one of the UK’s leading educational charities that transforms the lives of around 170,000 people every year through our range of qualifications and specialist software.

We work closely with colleges, schools, independent training organisations and universities to design cutting-edge qualifications to enable people to progress to further study, higher education and employment.

Ascentis has a subsidiary company called International Dyslexia Learning Solutions LTD (IDLS). 

IDLS provides specialist multi-sensory software programmes to primary and secondary schools in the UK and internationally. The focus of IDLS is to provide learning solutions to those most in need. Today the software is used by thousands of children across the world.

Please click below for more information about our employee benefits, life at Ascentis, and what we stand for with our culture and values. 


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Annual Leave

It is very important for employees to have a healthy work life balance. We offer 25 days holiday + 8 days bank holidays totalling 33 days.

Family Friendly

We offer a generous and supportive enhanced Maternity, Paternity, Shared Parental and Adoption leave and pay package.

Tailored learning and development opportunities

We invest in our people through our amazing development programme, to nurture their talent and realise their ambitions.

Pension scheme

We offer competitive pension benefits, matching contributions up to 6%, once you have passed probation.

Well-being

We support employees' well-being by offering enhanced sick pay, life insurance, paid compassionate leave, free eye tests, and an annual flu vaccination. We also regularly communicate helpful resources and toolkits to employees and managers.

Incremental Service benefits

As you increase your service, you will be entitled to additional paid days off which includes your Birthday.

24 Hour Employee Helpline

Employee Helpline provides a confidential 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service to advise and support you on topics including health, family, finances, and much more.

Cycle2Work

Save money on fuel, car parking and public transport fares with our salary sacrifice for a brand new bike.

Technology Scheme

You can get the latest tech such as tablets, phones, computers and laptops through us as your employer.

Gym membership

We offer discounted rates for a gym membership at our local gym 3-1-5, which you can pay through your salary.

Parking

We offer free onsite parking for all employees.

Free tea and coffee

Unlimited free tea and coffee making facilities for all employees.

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Charity Work

We love to give back to local and national charities! Fancy dress, cake baking, netball matches, quizzes and lots more. We are always thinking of new ways to raise money for fantastic causes.

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Communication Days

Keeping everyone in the know on what’s happening in the organisation and providing team building activities.

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Colleagues

“At Ascentis everyone is friendly, easy to get along with and we all work together as a team, it is wonderful to hear how our qualifications really help learners to succeed and progress in life. We have an opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives and change their futures for the better.”

- Graham, Commercial Manager

“I love the variety. Working closely with the CEO and DCEO is a very rewarding opportunity. As a recent graduate, I value the freedom to experiment and learn from those around me. I enjoy challenges and I am grateful for a culture that allows me to continuously grow and achieve my goals.”

- Ranya, Executive Assistant to CEO

"I have really enjoyed my time working for the Ascentis Group. Ascentis is committed to delivering excellent results for its learners whilst maintaining a positive and collaborative work environment. When I first started I was a recent graduate unsure of what career to pursue, however, due to the opportunities provided by Ascentis I have been able to achieve successive promotions and take on more responsibility. In my current role, I am responsible for generating business leads in the South-East of England. The work is fast-paced and often challenging, yet it is extremely rewarding. Ascentis gave me the chance to prove myself and I have grown and learned so much as a result."

-Oliver, Interventions Advisor 

"Having joined Ascentis as a graduate, I was able to hone my technical skills and learn from like-minded individuals, whilst working on a numerous projects. The development offered and the wide-range of opportunities at Ascentis has allowed me to progress to my current role, as the IT Manager."

-Aaron, IT Manager

"I started at Ascentis in customer services and worked with many experienced and skilled colleagues who trained and supported me throughout my time here. I have since been promoted to a Quality Assurance Manager where I have continued to develop new skills and gain new experience. Ascentis has always been committed to supporting my development within the company and I feel although I have worked here for 7 years, I am continually learning and gaining a better knowledge and understanding of the education sector and business as a whole."

-Hannah, Quality Assurance Manager  

"I came into my role as a Product Development Manager being able to utilise my skills and experience gained from my teaching background.  It has been great for me to still feel like I am having a valuable input into the education of many learners through the qualifications that I help to develop.  I have been able to progress in my role in a relatively short space of time with the support of the whole Ascentis team. It is really encouraging to work for an organisation that has the needs of the learners that it supports at the heart of everything it does."

-Anita, Senior Product Development Manager

Our Vision is: Creating life changing opportunities for all.

Our Mission is: To enable learning through innovative education and exceptional customer service.

Culture: Here at Ascentis we are passionate about our people; committed to openness, honesty and trust; bound together by shared values. We are committed to rigorous quality assurance ensuring highest standards and performance. We promote a problem solving culture with a 'can do' attitude that seeks to remove barriers to success. We are dedicated to fulfilling our customers' needs by providing a timely, responsive and inspiring service. We will deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change.

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Ascentis helps change the lives of over 170,000 learners each year. Hear about why our staff love working for us, and why our customers love working with us.

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Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service Speaking about Ascentis English & Maths Stepping Stones

Ascentis has a fantastic suite of English and Maths Stepping Stones qualifications which enable learners to focus on specific skills, build their confidence and progress onto further learning. This testimonial video features Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service who outline the benefits to them and their learners of using these qualifications.

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The City of Liverpool College Speaking about Ascentis Access to Higher Education

Access to HE with Ascentis - We Make a Difference. Watch our Testimonial and hear how it makes a difference to learners and the opportunities it brings.

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Best Practice People Speaking about Ascentis Short Online Qualifications

The Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are delivered in many centres across the UK and help to support learners’ Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Listen to Ascentis Customer, Best Practice People talk about how effective the Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are and how they successfully aid their NEET learners, improving skills and confidence in turn helping them secure employment.

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What our happy customers say

“We are very pleased that we made the move to Ascentis for all our ESOL exams. The exams are appropriate for our learners, and lecturers find the marking manageable. As an organisation, Ascentis is a pleasure to work with. Our queries are always dealt with quickly and we are extremely well supported by our verifier.”

Waltham Forest

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Ascentis. There has been support of a high quality throughout the academic year. Support has been provided through a variety of roles including the quality managers, lead EQA’s and subject moderators.”

Bradford College

“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”

Brent Start

“The transparency and support of Ascentis has been refreshing. Our moderation process has been a pleasure and developmental feedback has always been welcomed.”

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