Working in FE

  • Secret Lecturer: The trouble with restructuring
    It’s the FE lobby of Parliament this week (October 17) – a chance to sound off about the great role further education colleges play in training our future workforce.
  • The latest FE News; Halfon sets tone for Colleges Week, A song to move the sternest hearts?, Colleges listed for T-level retraining scheme £2.3m spent on institutions that never were and Call for radical change to UTCs.
  • Dancing Queen dance moves by Theresa May at last week’s Conservative party conference were designed to surprise but were nothing compared to the reaction of college staff almost falling off their chairs when she followed up by announcing austerity was “over” and that “people’s hard work has paid ...
  • The latest FE News; Hinds names centres of maths excellence, Vocational education key to healthier economy, Elite universities push for more FE funding and Many colleges underprepared for terrorist attacks
  • Sadie Ibbotson joined City of Bath College in 2014 after 15 years in the Navy’s logistics department. Training, course management and student services posts followed in the NHS, Plymouth College of Art and Wiltshire College, and led to her current manager role/
  • The latest FE News; Employers free to share more levy funds, Huge levy underspend by Whitehall, Hammond pressed to close post-16 funding gap, UK’s EuroSkills team in top-10 finish and Apprenticeship reforms still a mystery to employers.
  • The latest FE News; IFS report lays bare state of FE funding, Colleges Week lobby set for October 17, Non-academy colleges miss out on pay rise and Functional skills wizards wanted
  • 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.