Tradewind Recruitment

| October 18, 2010 | 44 Comments

“Established in 2000, we specialise in providing recruitment services to the Education and Social Work Industries. Tradewind Recruitment is the premier provider of Primary, Secondary and SEN Teachers, School Support Staff and Social Workers.

Our company values all focus around making sure we provide our candidates with the best possible levels of service, as well as finding them suitable positions which allow them to further their careers.”

~Tradewind Recruitment Website

Note: Tradewind Recruitment has merged with SANZA Teaching. The companies share resources while maintaining semi-autonomous operations.

Tradewind Recruitment, 6.6 out of 10 based on 46 ratings
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Rating: 6.6/10 (46 votes cast)

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  1. NUT member says:
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    I must say that I think many of the comments on here have been written by Tradewind/Sanza staff!
    This is another dodgy outfit making private profit from public education. There’s plenty of work to be had from them, BUT…
    1. They were originally called two different names as a scam to play schools off against each other thinking it was fair competition.
    2. They break the law by not telling teachers about the Agency Workers Regulations under which we should be paid full union rate after 12 weeks (look this up- you could be owed thousands!)
    3. They always tell teachers, “We won’t be able to find you work if you ask for too much”. Rubbish- there’s never been such a shortage of supply teachers. Don’t work for less than £135 a day and choose your schools!
    4. Their staff have almost no experience of teaching and are under such pressure will tell you anything for the commission. Don’t believe them- even the nice ones!
    5. They like to pay through ISS- a bunch of tax dodgers based (they pretend) in the Channel Islands who are currently under investigation by HMRC.

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  2. Barbara says:
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    I will recommend Tradewind (Manchester)to anyone. They are professional, supportive and very helpful. They always return phone calls and reply to emails. Have given me as much work as I wanted. I got now a permanent job near to where I live!

    My consultant, Amy has been an absolute star. Reliable, friendly and professional.

    I highly recommend Tradewind. A big thank you. Keep up the good work!

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  3. Alice Clisby says:
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    I work exclusively for Tradewind and have done for around 18 months. We have developed an excellent working relationship based on honesty and integrity.

    Tradewind strike the right balance in matching the best teacher for the school and vice versa. I have worked in many fantastic schools across Greater Manchester, and have developed good relationships with them where I am asked to return on a regular basis. Part of the reason for this is Tradewind are respected by the schools and it is clear that there is good communication between the agency and the school staff.

    There is no ‘hard sell’ with Tradewind; I have never been made to feel like a ‘number’ (unlike one agency I worked for); they have great rates of pay; they are friendly and welcoming; they will listen to exactly what you want and will not try to ‘mould’ you into a position you don’t want; they have a well developed professional development programme which is led by well trained staff; and lastly…they have great candidate parties!

    I would highly recommend working for Tradewind Recruitment in Manchester.

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  4. Miss T says:
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    Tradewind have been brilliant since the moment I signed up with them. They are really efficient in getting things done.
    They are a good team that work closely together.
    I have never really had any problems because they have always been honest and hard working from the start.

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  5. Liz Gazy says:
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    I have worked exclusively with Tradewind since February 2013 and they have been helpful, friendly and supportive throughout the whole time.

    I am FE trained so do not have QTS but I do have > 20 years experience of teaching and a wealth of real world common sense! They have been honest about the type of work I could hope to get and helpful in suggesting roles I perhaps wouldn’t have considered.

    My consultant (Kenny) knows my strengths and has recommended me to schools based on that knowledge so I have had a lot of repeat bookings and gained loads of experience.

    I am now placed in a lovely school in a long term position but Kenny still occasionally calls for a chat to see how I’m doing – when I was doing day to day work he called daily to ask how I had got on and to share any feedback he’d had, he makes me feel valued which I appreciate a lot.

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  6. Carolyn Davis says:
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    I have worked with Tradewind Recruitment (Manchester) since June 2013 having left full-time teaching after 32 years in the profession. I have been very impressed by the level of professionalism and openness demonstrated particularly by the two consultants I have most contact with. I have worked as many days as I have wanted to and I know that they are actively looking for work for me. They are always accessible by phone if I need to talk to them and they contact me regularly to keep me fully informed about possible work. I appreciate the fact that good relationships with their teachers and schools are obviously important to them. They also clearly respect and value my experience (and make sure this is reflected in my pay rate!) I genuinely think that Tradewind (Manchester) is an excellent teaching agency and although I am signed on with another, I have chosen not to work for them as my loyalty is now to Tradewind! I would recommend anyone looking for an agency in Manchester to try Tradewind. In spite of a high level of initial anxiety, my first few months of supply work have been real pleasure.

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  7. Lauren Ashton says:
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    I have been with the manchester branch if this agency for a few months now and I have been kept fairly busy. The staff are very friendly and approachable and do all they can to make sure a placement is just right for you. The best agency I have come across.

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  8. Francesca Warburton says:
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    I have been signed with Tradewind (Manchester) since January and held a long term position until the summer, and am now carrying out day to day supply. They are very honest with you about the schools that you may work, and are open and listen to what you have to say. I requested work in advance as I have to use public transport and they have been very good with meeting my needs. I do not have a bad word to say about Ben/Amy and am very happy with the agency.

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  9. Dionne Hindell says:
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    I came from Australia in December 2013, and have worked every possible day since. I basically work full-time with this agency there seems to be plenty of work. Honestly the first two weeks of each term can be quiet yet I do still get majority of weeks, after those two weeks its full-time work.

    I work with the Manchester branch which has schools all over Greater Manchester. Ben, Kenny and Mark I have mainly dealt with at the office and have had no issues. They are very honest about the schools if they are a little tough they will say so, so they do also give you an idea of where you are going. They are very mindful of the schools location if you’re on public transport like I am.

    I have never ever had any pay issues with this agency I always get paid weekly on Friday.

    Sometimes I feel that the rate could be higher yet I know its in line with other Manchester agencies.

    I strongly recommend this agency if you are thinking of coming to Manchester to do relief.

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  10. Sean says:
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    Wow. These guys reminded me of Globogym from Dodgeball. They were high pressure, high intensity sales people who promise the world but did not listen to you. I was offered & promised plenty of work in positions that I have no experience or qualifications in in despite me stating that I am a SEN teacher. They continued with the same high pressure approach. When I told them I had a job at through a different agency I was told I should leave as they would find a better job.

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  11. Parekh says:
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    Let this be a warning for you all, there are so many agencies to choose from in the Birmingham region and I have had the misfortune of registering with tradewind. Had the misfortune of dealing with a jumped up individual whom I can only imagine has academic qualifications or real experience in running a successful company. Sharonjeet made promises and after months of wait I had registered with a local city centre firm that found me regular employment with a week. Just goes to show that anything is possible if you look hard enough.

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  12. Anonymous says:
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    I think people may have different experience with agencies due to different circumstances. But truth to be told, Tradewind has been my agency before and after my QTS and I have always had very positive things to say about Tradewind – and my policy is to not say anything unless I have something positive to say.

    Once cleared to work, they do not leave you hanging or get pushy for you to accept work or go to interviews you feel you are not suitable for. They give you chance as an equal opportunities employer and they do appreciate hard work. Their system to call in the mornings is also very good.

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  13. Jess says:
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    Have been with Tradewind since August. Although signing up took me 7 weeks due to (obligatory) criminal history and reference checks, it was worth the wait. Staff is very welcoming, honest and everyone responses to queries the same day. I have been impressed with my consultants, as they are absolutely sincere about schools. Day to day work was only ok, since I sometimes would not find work for a week in September. Nevertheless, I got a permanent job through TWR the same month and am now looking forward to work with them as a NQT. In general: very happy.

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  14. Lauren says:
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    I am canadian and I arrived in the UK 6 months ago. I decided to come to the UK as Tradewind was pretty much offering me plenty of work! Since the day I registered with them, they have never given me 1 single day of work!
    The consultants do not answer my emails and everytime I call the office someone says they are busy and they will call me later, NEVER HAPPENS!

    WORST AGENCY I have ever registered with!

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  15. Sofia says:
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    I registered with them on August. The consultant told my for a permanent potsion for September. I called them on September and he didn’t reply. After they emailed me for a place that is very far. The called for this and said that is near and I sent them again my cv. Nothing happened. 2 weeks before he called me and asked me for work when I told him that I am waiting an answer from another school that another agency sent me, he told me for a local school that he can sent me for an Interview. I said that I will call him when I will know, he called me the next day but I wasn’t able to answer.Even supply they didn’t offer me. I think is good company but may not have too much work.

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  16. Midlands Supply Teacher says:
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    Birmingham office was very professional service when registering. Wanted to promote my profile across the Midlands for long term work. However, did not get any work through Tradewind either for day-to-day or long term.

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  17. cisco says:
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    Joined Tradewind (Manchester Office) in November 2012, it is now October 2013 and I have had no work from them. They are one big joke!
    They at first did not want to register me as I had no work references for the previous 2 years as I had been out of work due to illness. A complaint to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation about Tradewind soon sorted that out! (Tradewind tried to blame their decision on the Quality Mark)
    I contacted them during this summer saying I was available for work but within the past 10 days they say that I need to re-register but cannot as I have no work references within the past year. Not my fault I told them, you have not given me any work. The branch manager said that he could not risk re-registering me just in case I got placed and say there was a complaint made about me. You can imagine my response, what, so I would not act professionally, is that what you are saying?. He tried to blame this on the new REC Quality Mark!

    I am now meeting with my local Job Centre and MP to complain about Tradewind. I have also been told by ACAS to look into filing a civil law suit against Tradewind/Sanza.

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  18. Murielle Fried says:
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    THIS IS A WARNING TO ANY OVERSEAS TRAINED TEACHER THINKING OF REGISTERING WITH TRADEWIND (who really should rename themselves TRADERS ).
    Before leaving Melbourne I was promised by two of their agents that there would be plenty of supply work in London and that even if they could not secure me a long-term position, they could give me what they call : 7 WEEKS GUARANTEED PAY’.
    don’t fall for it, IT IS A LIE ! THERE IS NO SUCH THING. I have been in London for more than a month now ( the most expensive city in the World)with no supply work at all.
    When I was in Australia, I would receive regular emails from tradewind agents to touch base with me , making sure my plans of moving to London were coming along. And ever since I have been here, it is as if I disappeared from their radar. They don’t answer my emails.
    THAT THEY ARE DOING UNFAIR FALSE ADVERTISING JUST TO LURE AUSSIE TEACHERS TO COME TO THE UK SO THAT THEY CAN EXPAND THEIR DATABASE.

    I AM APPALED BY THEIR DISHONNESTY AND LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM.

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  19. Susan says:
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    Very happy with Tradewind. They were very supportive when I started supply teaching. Have given me as much work as I wanted despite only wanting to work in a very limited geographical area. They always return phone calls and reply to emails. (simple stuff but so many agencies don’t manage it!) The one time they messed up a booking there was none of the usual messing around fudging excuses they were up front and honest about the mistake. Sanza their sister company isn’t too bad either.

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  20. Chris says:
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    Very friendly, welcoming, and honest staff.

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  21. Jaswinder says:
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    Two years….no days work!
    Kinda says it all!
    Since I’m on a roll with twos heres my summary in as many words;
    TIME WASTERS!!!

    signed Music teacher

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  22. Anonymus says:
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    I worked for 6 months for Tradewind which did not give me much work but SANZA did 60% of the time when I called in the morning. But this is not enough to survive as there are long holidays in schools when there is absolutely no work/pay.

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  23. Sandy says:
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    I joined Tradewind last year (2011) and couldn’t be happier with the service that I have received. Right from the start of my time with Tradewind, my consultant (Duncan Wylie) has been an absolute star, he has been nothing but professional and has been booking me in for regular work in brilliant schools. I was able to have honest chats with Duncan about my school and year group preferences and he worked extremely hard to cater towards meeting these. I have had a really positive experience and will be working for Tradewind again in the future. 

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  24. J says:
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    I have been very impressed with Tradewind and the high standard of service and support they have offered. I’ve been on supply for the past three years with some awkward requirements eg only advance bookings, but despite this,I have always been offered plenty of work and had my considerations generously taken into account. My agents have always discussed schools and positions honestly, let me know if a school/class might be challenging and greeted me cheerfully, returning my calls promptly. I would recommend them highly!
    I would especially like to mention Duncan for his wonderful organisation and professionalism! He has liaised efficiently with schools on my behalf, worked for my best interests admirably and been a friendly and reliable support who returned my calls, dealt with me cheerfully and really listened to my concerns and queries. A very big thank you!

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  25. Chantelle says:
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    After working full time and having a class of my own in Melbourne, the uncertainty of daily supply was a little bit daunting at first. Tradewinds however, made the transition a lot easier and my time teaching in London an enjoyable one!

    My agent Duncan was very attentive to my needs and made sure to place me in schools that were suited to me. The schools were always very easy to get to and in the age groups that I had requested. He made me feel valued and kept in contact with me regularly, getting my feedback on the schools i had been to as well as giving me feedback on my performance.

    Furthermore, Duncan had work for me on a daily basis and many of these were advanced bookings making things a lot less stressful in the mornings and allowing me the opportunity to plan my week and my earnings.

    I would highly recommend Tradewinds to anyone considering joining a Teaching Agency in London.

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  26. usha says:
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    Same as SANZA: very friendly and personable people who keep calling you up with what seem good prospects of work that, ultimately, never quite materialise. Quite a common experience is to be phoned up about ‘at least a weeks work’, which over the course of the next couple of days gets whittled down to ‘just a day’ and then just disappears. This happened recently with exam invigilation, which although only £7 per hour, promised nearly a month of 5 day a week work. What actually materialised was the odd morning or afternoon, only paying for 2 hours, barely covering the cost of transport. Most annoying was the school concerned demanded a fresh CRB in advance, so I ended up £40 out of pocket.

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  27. anonymous says:
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    I had a good experience working with this agency

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  28. BT says:
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    Tradewind is another agency that I used that is a joke!! You would think since they are partnered with another agency they could do a better job at assisting teachers. They advertise that you can claim back insane amounts of money once arriving in the UK – which was all lies and false advertisement. Please do not be fooled by this company and the lies they feed you.

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  29. anonymous says:
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    Having joined tradewind some time ago, i found them to be completely useless. I waited two months for a CRB which they forgot to send off claiming they had incorrect details barring in mind they had copies of all my details! I spent a lot of time going in circles with [name] ringing me for various things that she already had obtained from me. Would not recommend at all!

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  30. Anonymous says:
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    I was never offered a single day’s work from this crowd despite submitting all of the necessary documents and they had even secured my references. They make out that they have so much work available but the reality could not be further from the truth.

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  31. Karl says:
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    I really enjoyed my time working with SANZA/Tradewind. Tradewind provided me with the majority of my work, probably because Tradewind always had me booked before SANZA even had the chance to call me. That is one of the benefits of working with this agency. You get two agencies under the one roof with twice as many schools as any other agency around.

    I have worked for a few agencies and Tradewind is by far the best. Other agencies often fail to return your calls and falsely tell you that you “are on top of the list”. The only way to succeed with agencies like those are if you have “connections”.

    My main contact at Tradewind was Duncan. He was always professional, reliable and would regularly provide me with work. I cannot thank him enough for the work he did on my behalf. Don’t waste your time with other agencies. Go straight to Tradewind/SANZA!

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  32. Joshua says:
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    Tradweind was a fantastic agency to work for they were extremely professional and personable. I would highly recommend this agency to NQTS as well as experienced teachers.

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  33. Tom Smith says:
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    Never had any problems getting work, very friendly staff, and generally they got work for me near to where I lived. Better than all other agency’s worked for.

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  34. K says:
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    My high rating is solely for Duncan who was friendly, reliable and very professional. I loved the long term school I ended up in, and I know they were impressed with him too. Other advisors (for Richmond area) failed to find me any work at all and were very unreliable at returning calls.

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  35. Ellie-Rose says:
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    Tradewind is an excellent agency that I have worked for on and off since I qualified 3 years ago. The agents are friendly, helpful and understanding. They always ask how you are getting along and they are extremely supportive. The agents are always honest about the school they are sending me to and if they have not sent anyone there in the past, they tell me. I have recommended friends to Tradewind and will continue to do so.

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  36. AM says:
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    Tradewinds are a very honest and personable agency that really “call a spade a spade”. They have been very efficient in finding suitable, long term placements in good schools and are very keen to stay in contact even when you are on a longer placement. They do acknowledge the difficulties experienced at, and disorganisation of, some schools and readily welcome feedback. I have recommended Tradewinds as an excellent agency to many of my teacher friends who are looking for work or are having little success with their current agency. I was recommended Tradewinds by a colleague back in Australia and I have not been disappointed.

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  37. Varunie says:
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    I am really happy with Tradewind having had the majority of my daily supply work through them. My consultant, Duncan, is fantastic and has been great at finding me lots of work this year. It’s been good to go back to the same schools too. The fact that Tradewind pay more than the other agencies who are around is also a bonus.

    Have had a great experience this year through the various assignments I’ve had working at schools across Slough and Hayes this year. Hoping the regular work continues into the next school year too!

    Of all the agencies I’m registered with, Tradewind definitely rate as my number one preference. Keep up the good work!

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  38. micky chin. says:
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    woah – tradewind totally awesome agency! they recruited the hell out of me + for craxy good price! so cool. i love tradewind, they are number 1 agency forever! with best honour. micky chin.

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  39. Anonymous says:
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    What an agency!! I have nothing but good things to say about Tradewind when they say they are going to do something they do it. It is not an agency that over promises and under delivers, they are always on hand to help you out and return your calls. The schools they have sent me to have been excellent and I have built some good relationships with the consultants there especially in the secondary team. I would have no worries in recommending them to any of my other friends who are teachers and like me they say very positive things.

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  40. Anonymous says:
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    They a very personable and friendly operation (in the sort of American ‘have a good day’ sense), however, other than that, there is little going for them. I signed up with them eight months ago, but have not yet got any work from them. They seem to like dangling you on a promise of the ‘perfect job for you’, which then just gets forgotten.

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  41. Anonymous says:
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    I was recruited overseas through tradewind and found an excellent long-term position at a great secondary school. This is why I have rated quality of schools as high because I’ve only been to one school under tradewind. However, when my contract ran out, it was nearly impossible to find even day-to-day supply with tradewind. I constantly have to call back to remind them that I’m looking for work and keep having to repeat what borough I live in. They say they will call back regarding possible long-term positions but I find myself waiting by my phone. They try to be personable but it doesn’t help when I don’t have a job! Now I am looking into other agencies.

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  42. Rachel says:
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    I signed up years ago.My consultant promised a lot and couldn’t come up with the goods.I felt like an annoymous number on their big score sheet.

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    I came to Sanza after being discouraged by another teaching agency.
    I was immediately given work everyday and even given feedback on my performance at each school.
    They paid an extra 25 pound per day than the other teaching agency I was with and were quick to respond to any requests or calls I had.
    Another benefit was having Tradewind to also supply additional work, so you got two agencies, for one!

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    Rating: -2 (from 2 votes)
  44. Anonymous says:
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    One of the benefits of being with Tradewind is that you also have access to SANZA. This means that you have access to more work opportunities. I thought that because this agency is one of the bigger ones I would receive a less personable communication. Although they do have a bit of a “big-time” feel, the agents I have dealt with have been friendly and seem to remember me. Specifically, I have found Ashley to be a big help and someone who is straightforward and honest. But, then again, agents do have an agenda as well so always keep this in mind.

    As for the schools, it is mixed. One day you could have a great school, the next could be a disaster. Overall, they are a decent agency to work for and seem to have more connections than some of the smaller agencies.

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    Rating: -1 (from 3 votes)

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