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Tradewind Recruitment

| October 18, 2010 | 92 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, 7.5 out of 10 based on 107 ratings
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Rating: 7.5/10 (107 votes cast)

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  1. Kate says:
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    I started working with Tradewind after I had a trial day and I got the job. In the beginning, the school seemed ok but I soon realised that the quality in terms of support,organisation and children’s behaviour. When I tried to tell the agency my concerns, they didn’t really listen. Mistakes were made in terms of timesheets.

    I decided to leave the school and I went on day-to-day supply and they never had work for me even though I called in the morning at least 10 days.

    When I told them that I wanted a PPA role, everyone said that it would be hard for me due to lack of experience or because these roles are quite popular. Some consultants sounded impolite and discouraging.

    It was only when I joined Smart Teachers that I found the exact role I was looking for !

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  2. Sara says:
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    I am so pleased I joined this agency! Sarah is so friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. I love working in the schools she’s matched me with. I only like to work at most 3 days a week so usually I get enough work but some weeks have been less. However Sarah always tries her best to find me as much as I need – if the schools don’t need people it’s not really the agencies fault is it? Would def recommend Tradewind!

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  3. Amanda Bird says:
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    Sarah Hemmings at Hull branch of Tradewind has been superb person to work with = she put me forward fo9r a dream contract and I had a wonderful year at a local college – I can highly recommend Tradewind in Hull.

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  4. lorraine smith says:
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    Jane is super

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  5. Georgina P says:
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    Generally good agency. Got me 3 interviews within a week of coming back from travelling. Only downside is the pay with this company is not as much as I have been offered with other agencies.

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  6. Amber H. says:

    The Manchester Tradewind branch is a great agency to work for. Moving from a different country can be a daunting experience, but the staff at Tradewind made my move to the UK an easy one. They helped me prepare all the required paperwork, talked me through every step of the visa process, gave me advice on where would be an ideal place to live, and were there to answer any questions I had. I told them I didn’t want to waste any time starting work and they quickly lined me up with a job the next week. I have never worked for an agency but I have heard plenty of horror stories. I have no Tradewind horror stories to speak of. The one and only downfall I can think of is that work can be slow after school breaks. But I have been warned of this and have been promised they will work hard to find me anything that comes up. And I believe them when I’m told this. The staff at Tradewind Manchester are what makes the branch so great to work for. They are genuine and very personable. I work with Suzanne and Cameron and Luke from the Hamilton, Ontario branch. All three of them regularly take the time to check in and chat. I’ve never felt like a number, but instead a valued employee. I have recommended Tradewind to many and will continue to do so.

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  7. Amber H. says:
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    The Manchester Tradewind branch is a great agency to work for. Moving from a different country can be a daunting experience, but the staff at Tradewind made my move to the UK an easy one. They helped me prepare all the required paperwork, talked me through every step of the visa process, gave me advice on where would be an ideal place to live, and were there to answer any questions I had. I told them I didn’t want to waste any time starting work and they quickly lined me up with a job the next week. I have never worked for an agency but I have heard plenty of horror stories. I have no Tradewind horror stories to speak of. The one and only downfall I can think of is that work can be slow after school breaks. But I have been warned of this and have been promised they will work hard to find me anything that comes up. And I believe them when I’m told this. The staff at Tradewind Manchester are what makes the branch so great to work for. They are genuine and very personable. I work with Suzanne and Cameron and Luke from the Hamilton, Ontario branch. All three of them regularly take the time to check in and chat. Luke even took the time weeks after my move to check in and make sure I was happy with how things were going. I’ve never felt like a number, but instead a valued employee. I have recommended Tradewind to many and will continue to do so.

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  8. Tara says:
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    My Agent Olivia found me a job straight away in a good school. Glad to have gone with Tradewind

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  9. Maria Silva says:
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    For me, tradewind has been the best agency I worked with. In this moment they are the only that has me found work. To me it is the most efficient. Show interest, communicate with me, are friendly, attentive and concerned … I only have positive things to say. I thank them, they deserve.

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  10. Andrea says:
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    I have been with Tradewind Manchester since January , I have been lucky enough to get a long term placement. I speak to Suzanne at least once a month and is always very helpful and friendly.

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  11. chris ward says:
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    Very helpful and honest staff. Always able to contact someone, regardless of day and time. Supportive throughout and listen. Special mention for Olivia who has been fantastic.

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  12. Belinda Holden says:
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    I have found the Manchester Tradewind team very friendly and honest. Initially I was going to sign up with a few agencies for primary teaching work but have received enough work from them so haven’t bothered. Ben keeps in touch regularly and allows you to open and about placements. Pay is variable but seems to generally be more than other local agencies.

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  13. Russell C says:
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    I have worked for Tradewind for almost 3 years after taking voluntary redundancy. I did not want to go back into full time teaching, so I worked as supply. I have been grateful to Eamonn and Carlo especially for getting me so much work. With the odd day exception in July or September, I’ve had work almost every day. I’ve been lucky to go back frequently to the same schools, meaning I get to know the kids which makes the job easier. If I am sent to a tough school, I’m told it’s a tough school and it’s this honesty which makes Tradewind a great agency to work for. TW listened to me and what I wanted and found me work accordingly. I have just taken a permanent contract at one of the schools I was sent to on supply. Very pleased with 3 years of great service from TradeWind.

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  14. MD says:
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    Tradewind is a fantastic agency to work for they are extremely professional and personable. 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 swiftly to emails.
    I would highly recommend this agency.

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    I have found the staff at the Manchester Tradewind branch to be very professional and friendly.

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  16. Charu Gupta says:
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    I joined Tradewind 1 year back and works part time only. My first employer is Randstad. So far as a part time TA I get enough work from both the agencies. But to be honest, Tradewind proved to be lucky for me in the sense that after registering with Tradewind, Randstad started giving me more of school work rather than day nurseries which is a difficult job due to no. of hours involved and being a single mother to manage childcare.
    Tradewind offered me few full time long terms TA work but I am not prepared for it right now due to my home responsibilities.
    Also, I got big apreciations through Tradewind staff if schools liked our work which is another big motivataion.
    I would like to thank Tradewind , Manchester staff and would be looking forward to join full time in near futureUB3G, hopefully.
    Overall, a good agency but definitely would look forward towards increase in pay scale.
    Thanks

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  17. samantha aarons says:
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    I would recommend Tradewind (Manchester branch) to any teacher looking for an agency with great professionalism, fantastic pay and flexibility. Ben Record is a fantastic employee who always tries his hardest to cater to your needs.

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  18. Anne says:
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    I joined Tradewind over two years ago and I really enjoy working for them. I wish I’d done this years ago!
    They’re a great set of people at the Manchester branch, professional but friendly, good fun and honest about what is being offered.
    I’m very happy with the quality of schools too…and yes, sometimes you get a difficult school or class but I think that’s par for the course these days.
    I would say that 99% of schools I go to are lovely.
    I only to do day-to-day and I get offered enough work to suit me. I know that at the beginnings of terms work will be thin on the ground and so I’m prepared for that.
    Since I’ve been with Tradewind I’ve been offered many opportunities to work long / longer term, permanent / temporary.
    I’ve had regular days in particular schools and I have good relationships with a number of schools who ask for me.
    I feel very well supported by the team as well. In particular, Ben and Dan who are positive, cheery and friendly and I enjoy talking with them.. they always make sure all is ok too, and I have a laugh with Amy.
    I’m often asked about which company I work for and I always recommend Tradewind.

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  19. Anna Barker says:

    I signed up with Tradewind Manchester branch just under 2 years ago and am very happy that I did so. From the outset they have been able to provide me with a reasonable ammount of work which has increased steadily, so that I now do most of my sypply teaching work through Tradewind. The people in the office are always ready to listen and I feel they work hard to meet my requirements regarding the agegroup and location of schools I work at. I have to admit that they make me feel a valued member of their pool of teachers. A further benefit of Tradewind is that it provides training opportunities, unusal in other agencies. The Manchester branch even hold end of term staff parties to which all agency workers are invited. This helps to develop a real sense of community.
    I would have no hesitation in reccommending this agency to any potential supply teacher.

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  20. Andrew McCann says:
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    What can I say, if you work in the Northwest Tradewind Manchester are the only teaching agency you will ever need. I’ve never been short of work, the rates are good and liaison with all at Tradewind Manchester has always been first class. Highly recommended!

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  21. Anon says:
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    Tradewind Manchester have far outshone the other agencies I am registered with in Manchester due to their excellent communication and honesty. They have always listened to me to make sure they offer the type of school and work that I am looking for and always keep in touch. I would recommend this agency to anyone thinking of entering supply in our region.

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  22. Catherine says:
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    I have been with Tradewind Manchester since January. They have given me work most days since then. I have also recently got a long term placement starting in September through them. I have mainly spoken to Ben, Dan and Amy and they have all been great. Honest and communicative.

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  23. Mark Hallam says:
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    I have been working for Tradewind (Manchester ) for just under two years and, for the most part, I have had 5 day weeks throughout that period. The staff are always friendly and will try to be accommodating. I have haD a great variety of work through Early Years to Y6 and have had both day to day and long term work.
    Having been through the teaching mill, my experience with Tradewind has improved my self confidence and my teaching.

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  24. Lara says:
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    The branch of Tradewind in Manchester has been a great agency for me. They found me a long term placement in a really nice school almost immediately. They are easy to contact and all of the staff are friendly and professional.

    I signed up with another agency at the same time as Tradewind and have had no correspondence from them since I joined. Tradewind on the other hand have communicated with me regularly, taking care to factor in my opinions and experience when finding me jobs.

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  25. Judith says:
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    Tradewind Manchester are very friendly and will call you back when they say they will. Best of all they understand that you have transferable skills if you are changing career.

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    Really appreciate all the work that tradewind has given me, they are professionals in what they do in the offer a water training something that haven’t come across with so many other agency they make sure we have the appropriate training before I started. They send regular weekly training which is very nice. That I can access online. They are really keen on our professional development and this is key for any agency promoting their work. I believe Tradewind is a sustainable bus UK ness. I feel appreciate definitely recommend joining this company cry

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  27. Samantha mazuruk-mansfield says:
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    I am currently working with 5 agencies. Tradewind has always been my preference, firstly for their open, honest and helpful manner. I’ve often contacted Ben for advice about schools and difficult situations.
    Amy has an amazing personality and makes you feel important. You are not a number with this company, there is a real feeling that you belong. Which being supply is a nice feeling, as you can be often a no one in schools.
    Work has not been as good as when I first joined 3 years ago, I’m unable to travel too far due to home situation and now not getting mileage allowance, it makes a big difference to where I will travel too as daily rate doesn’t give transport allowance either.
    Overall tradewind is the company I highly recommend to any supply staff I meet and people who are interested in trying supply work.

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  28. Carol Birtwistle says:
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    The Manchester office of Tradewind is a fantastic representation of business excellence. The staff always make you feel special and have a lovely balance of personal and professional service. I have recommended them to many colleagues and always have good feedback.

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  29. Carmen Walton says:
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    Friendly and professional service. Would recommend.

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    Manchester tradewind.
    Really honest staff who I completely trust, (I work with Ben and Dan – both mega friendly, make me laugh on the phone and get me lots of work!). They manage to get work for me most of the time and are honest when there isn’t any (always going to be quiet weeks). Staff who book you are friendly, other supply teachers with the agency are nice, all the info you need is sent via email/text. I always recommend them to others

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  31. Suzanne says:
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    I’m under the Preston branch and deal with Angela, I have to say she’s really lovely, always makes the effort to phone me and see how my day has gone. She has taken the time tto listen and get to know me and the types of schools I’d enjoy. She’s very honest about what to expect and I’ve nothing but positive things to say about her and the Preston branch.
    I’ve also worked for the Manchester branch and again everyone I’ve dealt with has been lovely and I’ve had plenty of work through Preston, however when work was a bit slow Manchester found me work.
    Cannot recommend Tradewind highly enough :-)

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  32. guest says:

    obviously, the morons from tradewind have written some positive reviews themselves- very lame vocabulary and primitive grammar clearly indicate the mo.ons. Anyway, good information for all the victims of the basta’ds: you can involve the police, if Impact have cheated on you. Look at this victim’s statement:(quoted)
    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.
    This guy has the balls to stand up against this human shi tradef’ckingwind.
    Let’s follow him.Let the police know about the bastar.s

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  33. Asma Ahmed says:
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    Ever since joining Tradewind nearly 2 years ago I have never looked back. I have always been given work and have always been happy working for them. The Manchester Team are so lovely especially Amy she is so friendly and she always makes me giggle, I think I will stay with Tradewind for a very long time and I have nothing bad to say about them.

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  34. Samantha Hickling says:
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    I’ve worked for Tradewind Manchester since March and had no shortage of work. They listen to what I want and help make it happen.

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  35. Laura Chadderton says:
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    Can’t praise Amy Roberts and Ben Record at the Manchester branch enough. They are easy to contact when you have any questions. Their rates of pay are fair and they keep me pretty busy.

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  36. Sarah Johnson says:
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    Really honest, helpful and friendly to deal with. Thank you for a wonderful experience of supply work Tradewind Manchester, especially Ben and Suzanne

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  37. Emmie Hughes says:
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    I really enjoy working for the Manchester branch! They are all extremely friendly and take my preferences into consideration when finding me jobs.
    I do teaching, assisting and SEN so deal with different staff but find all super to communicate with.

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  38. Stephanie Bradshaw says:
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    I have only recently joined Tradewind Recruitment in Manchester. I have been impressed with their professionalism and their understanding of my requirements. I know that they check with schools and give feedback after I have worked there. I believe that Amy Roberts has a long day placing staff. I would certainly recommend this agency to others. The only downside for me is that I have had difficulty logging into the timesheet system and also I have not received an ID Badge.

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  39. Sammy says:
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    The Manchester branch is brilliant. All the staff there are very friendly and really kind. They really get to know you and speak to you in a personalised way. I have never felt just like a number on a screen. After each new school or day working they ring up and ask about my day and if I would go back. I am only signed up with the 1 agency and with the way they are, I wouldn’t sign up with anyone else.

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  40. guest says:
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    If only I could give Tradewind NO STARS at all ! What a cynical, moronic cheats and time-wasters!
    I remember one so called ”consultant” Joseph (no, not the horrible woman Norelle or whatever her horrible name is), this moron Joseph did not bother to call me a day before work and tell me that I need to prepare planning for the next day.
    I went to the school and was totally taken by surprise. Who then was to blame? The unprofessional Tradewind idiot who failed to notify me? No! The school blamed me as a scapegoat!!! I lost the job because of Joseph – the bl.ody Tradewind idiot!!!

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  41. Miss Annoyed says:
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    I have put up with really poor schools and had some good ones as well to be fair, however the charges to the schools mean that some schools demand a lot and frankly TW/ SANZA are disorganised and costly for schools. TW has been taken over by SANZA and there has not been any honesty about that. As well, as a CRT with TW/ SANZA on one job, I received a lot of abuse from the school due to TW making a huge mistake with times and I had to replace another CRT. I was asked to go at late notice in mid morning and received nothing but contempt from the school and no support from TW. SANZA staff are rude and very disorganised. What a HUGE disappointment with the takeover. Teachers, send your CVs direct to schools- heads do not want to pay huge charges that erode budgets!

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  42. Ann says:
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    BEWARE OF THE CYNICAL TRADEWIND CHEATS, THE LONDON BRANCH IS THE WORST. They will register you and then never give you a single day of work!

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  43. Fritz says:
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    BEWARE! They don’t want to admit your rights, no AWR, consider 232 days a year for a supply, no NUT authority, no REC control.
    I’ve wasted a lot of time on a position with them and ended by being blacklisted by the school because Tradewind has put everything on me.
    You have NO right in the world not to respect my rights.
    As I’ve found out there’s no authority who can force them to play fair.

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  44. Susan Kirby says:
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    Very friendly and efficient team. Great training offered for free.
    The regular social events give you an opportunity to meet other agency workers.

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  45. Anna says:
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    The team at TWs are so professional and don’t pressure you to take on a role. The rate of pay is a little better than a few others. I didn’t give full star rating as there’s been times when they’ve not got back to me about a potential job. I’ve organised childminders and then told they’ve given job away but this has only happened a couple of times in the past 3 yrs. Wish they could cold call more local schools to me and get in and get me work locally… there’s at least 10 schls and all work offered is a distance away!

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  46. Ben Murray says:
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    Having worked for other agencies I can highly recommend Tradewind. Throughout my time in London, my contact has been professional, caring and genuinely listened to my preferences without being too pushy. I attended a number of their training courses and felt they were good, particularly those around UK teaching standards. The monthly drinks were good too and it helped me meet a number of good friends in a new city. I’ll be sad to leave all the people I met at Tradewind as I return to Oz – thanks for a great experience.

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  47. Miss Angry says:
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    I have read the reviews for the UK and Australia (Melbourne) isn’t much better. I was with them for 5 years (and they were great until…..) and then was denied work and dismissed from my contract for reporting child abuse/mandatory reporting. Not nice at all!

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  48. Miss Miffed says:

    Applied for a position through their website. Rang them to check. Consultant didn’t return my call, no acknowledgement whatsoever.
    A professional agency, my %&*!

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    The agency was ok at first. I received a temporary full time placement, got suply now and then but in recent weeks, I’ve called almost everyday and I have only worked one day in three weeks. :(

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  50. Khadijah Manasseh says:
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    Hi my fellow teachers,
    My name is Khadijah and I can comfortably recommend this agency as I signed up with them on the 16th March 2015, on Wednesday the 18th March received a phone call regarding a possible long term vacancy. I was asked to spend a trial day in that school on the Thursday the 19th March and in the morning of Friday the 20th March I was offered a full time long term position.
    I signed up with Kirsty and my consultant is Craig Sowden, first class, thumbs up all the way.

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  51. AN Other says:
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    Contractor beware, the ineptitude of agencies is a common complaint and you won’t dodge that bullet here.
    Most of the staff are incompetent pen pushers with no experience of teaching and devoid of professionalism
    The complain that you’re asking for too much and should be prepared to travel for at least an hour to a job.
    Charlatans to be avoided there are plenty of other agencies – choose a different one.

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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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  61. 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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    Rating: +8 (from 16 votes)
  62. 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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  63. 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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  64. 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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  65. 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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  66. 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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  67. 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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  68. 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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  69. 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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  70. Chris says:
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    Very friendly, welcoming, and honest staff.

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  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. 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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  74. 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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  75. 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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  76. anonymous says:
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    I had a good experience working with this agency

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  77. 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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    Rating: +8 (from 8 votes)
  78. 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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    Rating: +9 (from 9 votes)
  79. 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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    Rating: +9 (from 11 votes)
  80. 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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  81. 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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  82. 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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  83. 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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  84. 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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  85. 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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  86. 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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  87. 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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  88. 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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  89. 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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  90. 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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  91. ANONYMOUS says:
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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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  92. 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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