Working in FE

  • Why you should start a career in FE in 2018
    If you are currently considering a career change, then it could be well worth pivoting to a role in further education. Here is a look at why you should start a career in FE in 2018.
  • Restructuring in colleges is pretty commonplace nowadays. Since 2015 when the FE sector’s area reviews began, we have seen 44 college mergers, four more are planned for the rest of this year, three college-university mergers are under discussion and almost a score of sixth-form colleges have conv...
  • The latest FE News including; HE fees facing major shake-up in post-18 review, Tighter monitoring of apprentice off-the-job training, Delay start of T-levels, urges CBI and TV special to highlight future role of FE sector.
  • It’s shocking seeing potential students by-pass my college in favour of a full-time university foundation year course (‘Year Zero’ degree programme) pay £9,000 in tuition fees and then add a few thousand more on top to cover transport and accommodation costs. Because they could have studied for a...
  • The latest FE News including; English and maths provision suffering, says DfE, College governors put to the test, Halfon wants to boost degree apprenticeships. National College for Nuclear opens, Austerity takes its toll of FE teachers and Cambridge signs up for degree apprenticeships.
  • Did you know that the FE sector has had to digest 28 policy changes pushed through by 48 different secretaries of state since the 1980s, according to an Institute of Government report on why the UK is so prone to policy reinvention? Or that former education secretary Justine Greening is thought b...
  • The latest FE News including; Call for north’s metro mayors to run 16-18 budgets, Parents should take blame for absent students, Gove ‘brought in UTCs under stress’, FE commissioner: too many colleges ‘require improvement’ and Jisc advises on new EU data protection rules.
  • James Thorne (27) is four months into managing the sports programme at Brooksby Melton College. After taking a sport degree, he spent a year as a ‘sport maker’, promoting sport to all students, then three years lecturing 16-18s and undergraduates at Heart of Worcestershire College before running ...
  • The latest FE News including; Lack of time to blame for area review failures, Apprenticeship starts target is way off course,Low recruitment levels leave UTCs £11m in debt
  • Three important tips on how you can better engage with adult learners in further education in a classroom setting.
  • I do wonder how one of the best colleges in the UK can still find itself failing to win a non-levy apprenticeship training contract after notching up an 81% achievement rate in apprentice training provision, 14% above the national average.
  • The latest FE News including; Exeter College drafts in MP to fight ‘inexplicable’ contract decision, RAF ‘macro apprenticeship employer of the year’, ‘LEPs should run north-east skills budgets’, National Year of Engineering launched, Saudis seek training providers to run FE colleges and Ofsted il...
  • Thought leadership is becoming an increasingly important skill for employees to have. What is it about working in further education that can give you a voice and a perspective that’s worth listening to?
  • The latest FE News including; First resit results for new maths and English GCSEs, College leaders in FE ‘brains trust’, Milton stays on as skills minister and New education secretary a bonus for T-levels?
  • Where have all the students gone? Late last year government figures showed 790,000 16- to 24-year-olds were not in education, employment or training (Neets) between April and June 2017, including 78,000 aged 16 and 17.
  • Lesley Gill joined Havering College’s student services department 12 years ago as a part-time administrator, moving into a more advisory role before being promoted to manager
  • Jacky Herlihy has worked at Harrow College for 17 years as a receptionist, part-time IT teacher, assessor and now admissions assistant after careers in accounting and the film industry.
  • The latest FE News including; Colleges legally allowed to 'talk careers' in schools, Adult education campaigner knighted and Cybersecurity scheme draws young people in droves and more.
  • The benefits of a vibrant working environment, improved qualifications, better job prospects, and the knowledge that you might be changing lives, make working in FE an appealing prospect.
  • The latest FE News including; Apprenticeship message unclear to many 16-24s, Social mobility strategy: FE to get better state support, Non-levy tender results raise call for urgent review and a slow start for national colleges.