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.
  • Almost two years since the Brexit referendum, I still see little government urgency to take concrete steps to fill our impending skills gap.
  • The latest FE News including; ‘Near misses’ at English GCSE pay heavy price, Labour’s bus pass pledge game-changer for under-25s?, FE providers’ £73m underspend due to over-restrictive funding rules, says AoC and Maths and English resits biggest ‘negative’ for colleges.
  • Strange how governance in the FE sector mirrors that of the nation. Just as Brexit seems to be dominating all things political, apprenticeships are taking centre stage in FE and pushing most other policy initiatives onto the back burner.
  • The latest FE News including; ‘Good’ colleges given more time between inspections, Swiss model could make apprenticeships cheaper, Government pressed to fill post-Brexit funding gap and Employers slow to spend levy funds, says OU.
  • James Webber (39) joined Havering College in 2001 as a data administrator for the college’s management information system after studying finance and financial information systems at Greenwich University, before becoming an analyst.
  • The latest FE News including; Colleges fall down on gender pay, Travel and tourism only subject with no pay gap, Apprenticeship training register to re-open in September, Milton launches flexible learning fund for aspiring adults and Slow rise in trainees becoming apprentices.
  • The latest FE News including; CBI calls for radical reform of levy use, Community-based Esol classes really work, says researchers, Schools told to spell out policy on access to FE providers.
  • Just over a year ago, Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman blamed compulsory GCSE maths and English resits for causing ‘significant problems’, given the numbers of 16-18s repeatedly having to resit.
  • Dealing with students who ‘don’t want to be there’ is hard enough, but what do you do about students who do want to be there but just aren’t up to it?
  • The latest FE News including; Apprenticeship levy income forecasts fall short, Green paper prioritises English language learners, The truth behind ‘three million’ starts, Welsh college funded to run apprenticeships in England and Cable’s lifelong learning initiative to upskill workers.
  • Witold Szczyglowski, 57, is library and learning resource centre coordinator at the Working Men’s College, Camden. He joined in 2014 after a short break following a long career in the pharmaceutical industry as a specialist librarian.
  • The latest FE News including; Colleges hit by new IT subscription charges, Guidance published on levy fund transfers, National Apprenticeship Week: ‘It takes guts’ and Are attitudes to apprenticeships softening?
  • The latest FE News including; The ‘text message’ effect on student achievement, Gender stereotypes still prevail in career choices, Maths funding incentive doubled for colleges and Go-ahead for MA management degree apprenticeship.
  • This week’s National Apprenticeship Week puts college training programmes under the spotlight. Most are well organised, innovative and forward-thinking.
  • Neil Cox (45) is senior PR and communications manager at Capital City College Group, comprising Westminster Kingsway College, City and Islington College and Conel (College of Haringey and North East London). Before joining the group last October, Neil first worked in retail banking, then sales an...
  • The latest FE News including; Colleges forced to gamble to guarantee apprenticeship provision, Milton: ‘September will see a hike in apprenticeships’, Jury still out over T-level recognition by universities and Apprenticeships have to offer more flexible hours.
  • 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...