About Oldham College

Oldham College in Greater Manchester was established
in 1893. An FE and HE institution with a vocational focus,
the college offers a diverse range of courses including
financial and professional services, retail and commercial,
construction, public services, sport, travel, digital and
creative, performing arts and media.
The college works in conjunction with employers to ensure
that courses provided align with business sector needs.
They have around 10,000 students studying over 500 courses,
plus apprenticeships.


What they were looking for

The college was using several different job boards to
recruit. It was a manual process – overly time-consuming
and laborious. Other elements – such as needing to extend
deadlines – added significantly to the process and time.
With recruitment ongoing at the college – and particularly
heavy between academic years – they wanted a solution that
would simplify the process and save time; ideally a solution
that would integrate with iTrent. Broadbean was implemented in late 2020.


Oldham College wanted a solution that would:

  • Streamline complicated workflows internally, providing
    the team with a fluid process for posting and removing
    jobs and reduce admin time
  • Extend ‘reach’ and exposure for advertised positions
  • Integrate effectively with iTrent
  • Generate reports on where applicants had seen
    the job advertised
  • Provide a clear picture on recruitment ROI


Broadbean is an innovative recruitment solution provider –
their goal is to “help recruiters to reach candidates in a fast,
effective and efficient way”. The solution delivers just that.

Essentially Broadbean provides a simple way of getting a
job advert onto several job boards – quickly and painlessly.
Recruiters post the job once, Broadbean does the rest.
It integrates seamlessly with iTrent with all information
and accompanying data held in one place.

It saves recruiters significant amounts of time as well
streamlining the process.


Pairing iTrent with Broadbean has seen significant
time savings for HR. It’s also helped drive productivity
with more time allocated to HR functions now that time
has been freed-up from recruiting processes. Additionally,
scheduling job postings, tracking advertising spend and
the ability to generate critical data have improved the
whole talent acquisition process.
Candidates sit in iTrent once applications come in, making
it easy to assess, progress or reject within one screen.

“At one point it was all hands on deck with the whole
team working on different job boards individually via
emails and posting. Now that we have Broadbean it’s
all in one place and a lot easier to do than in previous
years, definitely.” – Katy Blackshaw