Working in FE

  • Jess Sachania joined Reading College four years ago as a learning support assistant for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, after several years as a organisational development trainer at ING Direct bank. He began teaching a few hours a week at the college, qualified as a teac...
  • The government wants even more bang for its buck this year, leaving FE colleges facing a double dilemma.
  • The latest FE News; Threat to college teacher pensions, FE career talks still ‘opposed’ by schools, Endpoint assessment: recruitment dilemma, Apprenticeship starts: an up and a down and Limits continue for foreign FE students.
  • Stuart Steele joined Wakefield College last February after more than 30 years in the auto and related industrial sectors
  • The latest FE News, Ofqual in U-turn over T-level resit rules, A boost for levels 4-5 as an alternative career route, Women apprentices lag behind men on pay, New window for FE teachers to gain recognition
  • The latest FE news including:Demand for T-level work placements could affect apprenticeship offer, Huge insolvency budget ‘may never get used, Chance to show off best marketing practice and Companies fight proposed cuts to management apprenticeships.
  • As this new academic year kicks off, I feel in a campaigning mood. It’s been brought on partly by the government’s refusal to fill the average – and growing – £7,000 pay gap between school teachers (awarded a 1.5-3.5% pay rise this summer) and college lecturers (no award) but also by our continui...
  • For those who still feel a connection with engineering, or who worry about the state of the industry, teaching can be a wonderful way to be a part of the solution.
  • The latest FE news including: Government refuses to raise college teacher pay, Association of Colleges takes tougher stance on pay gap, GCSE resit results: maths down, English up and Government evasive on 3m apprenticeship target.
  • AoC Jobs have interviewed a number of engineering professionals from many different levels of experience who all made the move into teaching, and all of them agreed that the level of personal satisfaction they got from their industrial careers was less than that they got from teaching.
  • Earlier this month, my college had to wade through another tranche of funding rules for apprenticeships issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to add to the already complex apprenticeship levy and non-levy regulations.
  • The latest FE news including: Poor quality apprenticeship trainers to be struck off, Glimmer of hope for BTecs, Maths and English resit misery continues and Trend halted in dwindling apprenticeship starts.
  • If you’re an engineer thinking about a potential career change – whether you’re in your early years or heading towards retirement – not may be the perfect time to consider a career in FE teaching.
  • The latest FE news including: Government defends Institute for Apprenticeships record, Online apprenticeship service delay, Ofqual pulled up on ‘annual’ T-level resits and Apprenticeship funding bands doubled.
  • The pattern of constant political churn among ministers responsible for the further education sector has shown no sign of changing. Robert Halfon, a keen supporter of apprenticeships, had only been apprenticeships and skills minister for 11 months before being replaced a few weeks after last year...
  • Whatever your stage of career, it may surprise you to know that you probably already have the skills and qualifications needed to make the switch to teaching today.
  • Slaving over a job application form for your dream FE job is not fun in the temperatures enveloping the UK this summer.
  • The latest FE news including: FE faces yet more cuts, Campus inspection go-ahead lacks funding, Schoolteachers get pay rise – so what about FE? and Registered providers fight shy of hiring apprentices.
  • Whether you’re new to the industry and finding it’s not what you expected, or facing retirement with a sense of unease, you should consider the benefits of a new career in further education.
  • Let’s take a positive slant – has 2017-18 been a good or not so good year for the FE sector?