Employee Benefits

Benefits

There are a wide range of benefits available to you as a Trafford College Group employee. This section contains useful information about those key benefits and how to use them.

Pension scheme: All new employees will automatically be enrolled into a workplace pension scheme. Teaching staff will automatically join the Teachers Pension Scheme. Business Support/Management staff will join the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

You can always opt out of your relevant pension scheme. If you wish to opt out of the pension scheme you will need to obtain an opt out form from the relevant pension provider’s website.

All new employees will automatically be enrolled into a workplace pension scheme. Teaching staff will automatically join the Teachers Pension Scheme. Business Support/Management staff will join the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

You can always opt out of your relevant pension scheme. If you wish to opt out of the pension scheme you will need to obtain an opt out form from the relevant pension provider’s website.

The College Group is registered with Computershare Voucher Services to offer all eligible working parents the opportunity to save money on all types of registered childcare by exchanging a proportion of your monthly salary (subject to a maximum stipulated by the government) for childcare vouchers. Participating in the voucher scheme will save you money, as the exchanged proportion of your salary is exempt from tax and national insurance contributions.

To join the scheme or to find out more please visit their website.

We have teamed up with Simplyhealth to offer you the opportunity to join their Simply Cash Plan. Take advantage of discounted rates and extra benefits with your monthly subscriptions being paid directly from your salary. In summary the Simply Cash Plan offers:

  • Health cover for UK residents aged 18 to 69
  • Up to four children (under the age of 18 and living at home) get the same level of cover as you, free
  • Cashback on dental check-ups, x-rays, hygienist and investigations
  • Cover for optical costs like sight tests, prescription glasses and contact lenses
  • Cover for popular complementary therapies with no need for a GP referral; physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and homeopathy
  • Incidental hospital in-patient stays (Level 2 and above) and health and counselling helpline


For further information on the scheme and details of how to join please visit https://www.simplyhealth.co.uk/

This government scheme provides excellent tax savings on a wide range of bikes and equipment with monthly payments taken directly from your salary.

College Group Facilities

Cafe Retreat - Altrincham & Stretford Campus

Altrincham and Stretford’s Cafe Retreat opens during term time and caters for every taste and dietary requirement, with a wide range of hot and cold food served daily. With Cafe Retreat you will also find that we proudly serve Starbucks.

Aspire Restaurant - Altrincham Campus

Aspire Restaurant, Altrincham, is an award-winning restaurant. Both the kitchens and front of house service are run by current college students, providing a real working environment for hospitality students and fine dining at an affordable price for staff and the public of Trafford. 

Enhance Hair Salon & Spa - Altrincham Campus

Based at the Altrincham campus, Enhance Salon & Spa is a hair, beauty, spa and holistic salon run by staff and students, offering a range of reasonably priced treatments for staff and the public. For further information and to make a booking please visit Enhance Salon & Spa.

Retreat Hair & Beauty - Stockport Campus

Retreat is a Stockport-based commercial hair and beauty salon available with one very attractive difference; prices are around half the cost of those on the high street.

Costa - Altrincham, Stretford and Stockport Campus

With an assortment of great tasting food such as pastries, sandwiches, and salads all made with high-quality, simple ingredients our Costa comes complete with a full line of espresso drinks, frappuccino blended beverages and famous tea varieties.