Get to know CER


Helping educate the next generation. Quite simply, what we do and why do it. This is who we are and we believe this tagline encapsulates the meaning of CER Education and our community.


As we rediscover our brand, our vision never changed – putting people at the centre of everything we do. We challenge the status quo of recruitment agencies every day and want to show that we aren’t a corporate faceless organisation, but rather a company that wants to build authentic and long-lasting relationships.


From early years to further education, SEN to leaders in education, our experienced teams specialise in making sure every school, academy, college, nursery or free school has the temporary and permanent staff it needs to give their students the education they deserve.

Our journey so far…


September 2017

Capita became CER Education

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April 2017

Officially opened the CER Darlington branch

September 2019

The country’s first CCS Managed Service Provision was signed with Northern Education Trust

July 2020

CER signed the country’s second and third MSPs with Advance Learning Partnership & Nicholas Postgate Catholic Education Trust

July 2021

CER signed up 3 new MAT’s into CCS MSP’s – Tudhoe Learning Trust, Extol Academy Trust & Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust

June 2022

Education Village Academy Trust is the latest MAT to sign up for an MSP with CER  – our first MSP to include SEND provisions

Work for us 


We are forever expanding and are always seeking committed and driven individuals to join our team. Regardless of experience, we can offer an intense training and development programme, covering all aspects of education recruitment and help carve a successful and rewarding career. 


If you are a talented and passionate education recruitment consultant seeking new opportunities, explore our career possibilities. Enjoy benefits like great career progression, reduced hours during school holidays and hybrid working hours.


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A closer look into CER


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Meet Jamil: Divisional Manager of CER Darlington

Introducing Jamil, the inspiring Divisional Manager at CER Darlington, and explore the vibrant world of education recruitment in this blog.

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A Career With CER

Working in recruitment can lead to so many career routes. Whether you continue to build your desk, work in compliance, move into business development or take on managerial responsibilities, recruitment can open the door to opportunities.  

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Meet Esme – CEO Affinity Workforce

Esme Bianchi-Barry has held the position of Affinity Workforce since 2019. During this time, the company has acquired a new business, developed its provision and successfully steered its way through the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The Road to Recruitment

In the recruitment industry, there are so many opportunities for our consultants to progress and forge a long and successful career. With the right drive and the passion to learn, you can unlock your potential and help support candidates find their perfect roles.

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Learning at Work Week

Learning at work week is a unique annual event to recognise the importance of continual learning and development in the workplace.

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Affinity Workforce Education Conference 2022

Every July we hold our annual conference. This is our most anticipated event of the year, which celebrates the successes of the last year.

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Becoming a greener company


Affinity Workforce and its brands, including CER, believe in doing our part for the planet. That’s why we launched our Affinity Zero initiative, a cornerstone of our commitment to sustainability.


By partnering with Greener Energy Futures and TEMWA, we are actively working to reduce our carbon emissions and support communities globally that are severely impacted by climate change.


In 2024, Affinity Workforce has donated more than £7,500 to TEMWA Carbon Balance to help fund tree planting in disadvantaged areas of Malawi. In 2022, Affinity Workforce donated more than £5,000 to plant 4,120 trees and offset the 412 tonnes of carbon it produced.


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Celebrating the good times


Every year, we celebrate the achievements of the business at our annual education conference. This is a chance for all of the companies across the business to come together and congratulate one another on the successes of the last year.


This is the most anticipated event of the year and this year will be no different! Countless awards, business highlights and A HUGE after party!


To read more about our 2023 London conference, click below:


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Proud moments in the business


CER Partners With Aston Community Education Trust

Affinity Workforce Solutions (AWS) are delighted to be working in partnership with Aston Community Education Trust as its managed service provider of temporary staff.

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CER Appoints Mental Health First Aiders

We have appointed Mental Health First Aiders across our organisation to provide support to individuals experiencing poor mental health.

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Team Liverpool’s New Partnership

CER is delighted to announce it is an approved supplier of the Lancashire Association of School Business Managers (LASBM). 

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CER Launches 6th Managed Provision in the North East

CER has launched its latest Managed Provision Service with Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust (BCCET) in the North East of England.

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CER Awarded as a Tuition Partner on NTP

CER, part of Affinity Workforce Solutions, is delighted to announce we are an approved tuition partner on the National Tutoring Programme (NTP).

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CER X Affinity Workforce Hadrian’s Wall Walk

Two employees from CER raised more than £1000 for our Charity of the Year, Temwa by completing the Hadrian’s Wall Walk challenge.

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Affinity Launches Mission to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Affinity Workforce Solutions (AWS) has launched a brand new campaign – Affinity Zero, to help protect communities across the globe by reducing its carbon footprint.

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Get in touch


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