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About AEP Search

Appointing Education Professionals

AEP Search is an education recruitment agency founded to provide exceptional results through leading levels of quality, care and communication.

We’ve found ourselves partnering with people who want a different experience with their recruiter, delivering is one thing but how we do it is what truly sets us apart.


Years working together


Combined years experience


of projects delivered

What’s important to us?

Raising the bar

We aim to be the leading example of quality and service in what we do, we aren’t going to work with everyone (and that’s okay!) but if you’re looking for a different experience then look no further.


Creating long-lasting relationships with our candidates and clients is hard to do in the world of recruitment, we aim to be a source of consistency for the sectors we serve.


Partnerships are at the core of AEP Search, we aim to work at a deeper level so we can connect you to not only people who can ‘do’ but those who align best with your values and culture.

Don’t just take our word for it!

Wholeheartedly recommend

Chloe and Dan have been absolute superstars from start to finish. Always at the end of the phone, helping with everything from interview prep to calming my nerves, after not having had to do a proper interview in years! I haven’t experienced a recruiter ever giving so much of their time as Chloe and Dan have, and wholeheartedly recommend them. Thank you enormously!

Absolutely recommend

AEP – Search worked professionally from the very first engagement with Kingdom Academy. Both Chloe and Dan are experts in the field of educational recruitment bringing experience and knowledge whilst keeping the client at the centre of their process.  A partnership approach to recruitment was deployed, with consistent communication and advice.  AEP-Search were proactive and enabled the Academy to concentrate on the most important aspects of our recruitment, whilst they managed every fine detail ensuring the successful recruitment of our new Director.  We would absolutely recommend them to anyone wishing to recruit to a senior post within the education and training sector.

First port of call

Following a successful Ofsted inspection visit and the development of our 5-year growth plan, we have decided to introduce several new roles to support our growth and journey to become Ofsted Outstanding. Having known Chloe and Dan for many years, AEP Search was my first port of call to help us find an Apprenticeship Quality Manager and an Apprenticeship Contracts Manager. Chloe and Dan were great to work with and provided a variety of candidates as they have a strong understanding of the required skills and experience needed in the apprenticeship sector whether it be for FE or Degree Apprenticeships in universities.  They are both very supportive and informative throughout the recruitment journey and we were successful in appointing to both opportunities and we are eagerly awaiting our new starters who I’m sure will make fantastic additions to the University of Suffolk’s Higher and Degree Apprenticeship team. I would have no hesitation in going back to AEP Search for any future job vacancies.

Really helpful!

This is my first time working with AEP Search and I can honestly say that I have found them really helpful, with excellent communication throughout. At the first contact, we discussed my skills and experiences and what I was looking for. Dan then asked if I would be interested in an interim role he had and I was informed of the timeline to speak with the College, with the outcome and terms and conditions communicated very quickly after. Even on my first day as Assistant Principal, Dan got in touch to make sure I was ok and enjoying the experience. He is always at the end of a message, ready to sort any teething problems.

I have found AEP Search really easy to work with and I would highly recommend them.

So dedicated!

As a candidate working with Dan at AEP Search to secure my role as Executive Director of HR and OD, I cannot speak highly enough of the experience.  I've never worked with a recruiter so dedicated to getting the right outcome for all parties.  He is a terrific communicator: he kept me informed during all steps of the process and acted as a neutral sounding board when discussing the role, taking great care to provide me with as much information as I needed to inform my own thinking in the process and getting to know me as a person to form a view on how I'd fit in with the College culture.  From an interview process perspective, the support in preparation was second to none and he provided sound counsel on the rigorous processes involved.     Highly recommended.

A joy to work with!

'AEP Search provided a professional, thorough and timely process for the recruitment of an Executive Director - HR for the College.  Both Dan and Chloe were a joy to work with and we were impressed by the calibre of the candidates put forward, the high level of communication and the speed of the recruitment process from start to finish.'


I can’t speak highly enough about the service Dan and Chloe from AEP Search provided in helping find and secure our Executive Director for HR & Organisational Development. They were clear, direct and responsive in all their communications, helping guide us through the process, and delivering a strong shortlist and accompanying report. Post-selection support was also excellent, helping us liaise effectively with all candidates snd and secure our excellent new member of Team Barking & Dagenham. Thank you and we look forward to working with you again.

The extra mile!

What makes me go back to Chloe time and again is the extra mile she always goes to find me the right person. Chloe always does this with an upbeat attitude that makes talking with her a real pleasure.

A pleasure!

Dan has a warm and friendly approach that doesn't distract from his professional attitude and expertise in Further Education. It's a pleasure working with him, I trust and value his advice.

Simply great!

Chloe is knowledgeable about the sector, friendly and clear in her approach, and totally reliable. She's highly professional, personable and a great communicator- in other words, great at her job!

A consummate professional!

One of the most professional, accomplished and considerate people I have ever worked with! Always keeping in touch whether I’m in a placement or not, supports me with ideas and is always a great sounding board. I cannot recommend her enough.... the consummate professional.


Chloe is an outstanding professional who has always gone over and above!

A great advocate for FE!

Dan is a great advocate for FE and I really appreciate his approach to his role, a breath of fresh air and so supportive.

Really cares about people!

Dan is great at his job; he cares about people and their career paths and this reflects in every aspect of his approach. He values and understands the detail and relays it in a fluent and relatable way, is easy to talk to and is highly professional.

Meet the team behind AEP Search

Dan Bacon


A lover of processes, analytics and timelines (maybe the opposite of his Co-Founder?), simply put, he's the man with the plan. Relationship builder, supremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and the sector... your ideal recruiter! When not delivering seamless projects for AEP, he'll be found running around after his two kids and investing far too much time into his bonsai trees, scrolling Reddit or diving into all things NBA, F1 and NHL. | 07934 062 726

Chloe Skillington


She loves to talk whether or not you want to listen, which seems to have served her well so far! A tenacious recruiter with an infectious personality, the powerhouse of positivity wherever she goes. Has proudly completed the RomCom genre on Netflix and has watched enough Grey's Anatomy to feel confident she could perform surgeries (any takers?). Super mum of two with an unbelievable '90s/00's music knowledge. The go-to recruiter for quick turnarounds and expert consultants, all whilst having a good laugh along the way! | 07900 605 368

Jess & Rolo

Frenemies - Jess and Rolo! Forced to get along through no choice of their own, they're slowly bonding through their common interests.... food! A big part of AEP, always around and ready to let you know they're here on a Teams if you need them!

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If you have any questions about how AEP Search can help you just reach out! Whether you’re looking for your next hire or a candidate looking for your next opportunity we can help you get on track.

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