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With a wealth of experience across the board here at Dovetail & Slate - our specialist recruiters can help place you in roles from media studies, to mechanical engineering and much more.

If you can’t find the role your looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know as you’ll likely find that we have specialist staff on board with the relevant expertise to help get you employed.

Speak to our team on 0300 1245 777 too see how we can help you.


We accept that we have a responsibility and an obligation to ensure our compliance practices are at an exceptionally high standard and this is what has driven our procedures. Although we already have standard processes, we want to be sure that it works for you, so we tailor our service to your requirements. We want to, ultimately, make using our service easy and simple. All we ask is you tell us your expectations we will do the rest!  Dovetail & Slate give you exactly what you need – the right candidates and outstanding safeguarding processes to keep you, your students and your staff protected.
Our team have over 12 years educational experience including a former head of STEM for 2 'outstanding rated UK colleges'

Our Sectors

We have a wealth of experience onboard at Dovetail & Slate, with recruiters originating in industry areas such as IT, Sales, Professional Services, Engineering, Construction and more. If there is a role you’re looking to recruit for that doesn’t fall into any of the below categories, we strongly advise you getting in touch regardless, as you’ll likely find there is a professional onboard with the relevant expertise.

Vocational / Business Support / Functional Skills

Plumbing & Gas / Bricklaying / Trowel Trades / Painting and Decorating / Carpentry / Joinery /Multi Trades, Roofing /Built Environment / Building Services / Refrigeration /Utilities / HVAC

Care Work and Social

Adult / Child Care
Learning Support
Mental Health
Behavioural Management
Residential Care / Day care
Clinical Care / Social Work


Maths / English
History / Geography / Law
Chemistry / Physics / Biology
Media / Drama / Performing Arts
Business / Economics


Electrical Installation / Electronics
Automotive / Aeronautical  / Railway
CAD / Weld / Electrical Eng’
Civil Engineering
Welding / Milling / Machining
Residential Care / Day care

Don't take our word for it, here is what our clients have to say.

Dovetail and Slate are my go-to agency, they have covered every challenge and requirement I have sent to them, giving me exceptional insight into the candidate market which then allows me to plan delivery with the right knowledge. My needs are often urgent and skills shortage areas like construction and engineering. Dovetail fill these vacancies with apparent ease! I would recommend them to anyone looking to hire the right staff.

Phil Clark
Hull College
Director of Curriculum

The main difference with Dovetail & Slate has been that personal element right the way through the recruitment process, they are always at the end of the phone when we need them. By a substantial margin they are the most affordable recruitment agency we’ve worked with, although the clients they put forward are always of a great quality, the affordability has definitely been one of the main factors as to why we have an exclusivity agreement with them.

Josh Cave
City of Bristol College
Recruitment Coordinator
I would just like to say what an absolute pleasure it has been working with Dovetail & Slate and all the team. They are always a very professional yet personable service, not just another agency! The team really listens to the requirements, are never pushy yet are reliable and helpful whenever needed. We secured a great placement via Max and I’m pleased to say he has been a real asset to our team.
Dovetail & Slate are affordable but not ‘cheap’ and I look forward to our continued working relationship wherever possible.
Jayne Jordan
Mid Kent College
Recruitment Officer

“Dovetail and Slate have been personable and approachable throughout my dealings with them. Guy is flexible and happy to give and receive feedback which makes for a healthy working relationship. Candidates put forward have been reliable and skills sets have matched what has been requested. I would recommend Dovetail & Slate to other education providers.”

Lucy Bulbeck
Newcastle College Group
Recruitment and Employee Administration Services

“Dovetail and Slate have helped us successfully fill a number of temporary and permanent roles across different industry sectors. All candidates arrive fully vetted and aware of the expectations of the position so there’s no surprises for either party!”

Laura Davies
Burton and South Derbyshire College

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