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Meet the Team: Nicole Dommett, Director

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If you thought recruitment was a generally a male-dominated industry, you would be right. According to Women in Recruitment, recent research from APSCo showed that females accounted for 41% of the recruitment workforce at recruiter / resourcer level (2019). However, this percentage reduces significantly at leadership level (35%) and board level (25%). Further analysis showed that 47% of firms have fewer than 10% female representation at board level.

But at Education People, we are proud to say that we are leading the way with a strong female representation in our office: not only are 3/4 of our staff female, we are also a female-owned agency. Today we meet Nicole Dommett who co-founded Education People 13 years ago and became sole-owner three years ago today and get to know her a little bit better.

How did you get involved in education recruitment?

I moved back to the Southwest from London and started working for a large corporate education agency, where I was the branch manager.

How did EP begin?

I made the decision to set up EP 13 years ago with my then business partner Lesley. We decided to start a business together as wanted to move away from the corporate rat race and create a company with a culture which better reflects our values.

What does a typical working day look like for you now?

I wear many hats depending on the business requirements. Finance, recruiting, PR, training, exploring new opportunities, sales, HR. You name it I do it!

What is your proudest EP moment?

It has to be buying my business partner out after 10 years. I was expecting my first baby at the time and he was due in July, but 3 days after buying the business I went into early labour - 9 weeks early. Thankfully, I have an amazing team in place who supported me during the crazy time. I had a baby in intensive care for 7 weeks and was also trying to run the business simultaneously which was very challenging, but we got through it thanks to the incredible support of the team! The EP team really care about each other and will always support one another- we have created the ‘EP family’, which I’m so proud of.

Favourite part of working in the education sector?

Definitely helping candidates to fulfil their ambitions and place them into roles which they wouldn’t have secured without us. Seeing their confidence grow is so rewarding. Also knowing we are supplying a fantastic teacher who makes a real impact on a child’s life and learning is priceless.

How do you like to unwind out of the office?

Family time, dog walks, CrossFit, socialising.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to progress their recruitment career?

Work hard, and don’t shy away from the hours. Its hard work but what you put in you get out. It’s such a rewarding industry but you have to be tenacious, committed and happy to get stuck in. The education sector is really rewarding and our clients and candidates are fab!