Working in FE

  • I can only hope the range of open days, presentations and information campaigns being hosted by my college and others during this week’s annual National Apprenticeship Week (March 4-8) will convince more employers to set up apprenticeship schemes.
  • League tables to rank ‘best apprenticeship’ employer Scotland launches apprentice network for schools
  • The latest FE News: T-level funding levels must be raised, says AoC, Estelle Morris to co-chair lifelong learning commission, £30,000 salary threshold for immigrants is not fit for purpose, T-level student number estimates down by half
  • As a part-time mental health lecturer at London’s City Lit adult education college, Natalie helped Nicola O’Neill (see last week’s entry) turn her life around by overcoming chronic alcoholism
  • FE college is an unsung source of inspiration for students of all ages and backgrounds, often bringing them back from the brink and transforming lives. Here at London’s City Lit adult education college we hear Nicola’s story
  • The latest FE News, Awarding bodies named for first 3 T-levels, OECD warning over UK adult education, AoC challenges T-level funding levels
  • The latest FE News, OU offers free functional skills tuition online, FE teacher training bursaries given heave-ho, Charity notches up 80,000 placements, Colleges shortlisted for apprenticeship awards
  • After a brief period working in insurance, Daniel Welsh took a computing software design degree during which he took up part-time FE teaching.
  • Mobile relief for teachers at last Call to ‘ringfence’ training funding for poorest workers Name change for apprenticeship body
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) was a key theme at last month’s educational technology show, Bett 2019, in London.
  • PGCE placements could solve maths/English staff crisis Sanctions for employers breaking 20% training rule FE teaching apprenticeships win more funding 
  • Errol Seaman joined Barking and Dagenham College in 2010 via a science degree at North Georgia University in the US
  • FE funding gets Commons debate Low wages force FE staff to food banks T-levels to launch on time, Brexit or no Brexit Media campaign to back apprenticeships
  • Barry Jacques joined Central Beds College after running a jewelry design and retail business for 20 years. An English graduate and published writer with a deep love of language
  • Funding is a key concern Rivals ‘thank’ us for Brexit Timing could be better Minimum salary limit could cause havoc
  • Many schools still slow to allow FE access ‘Four-day week’ saves students time and money English schools and colleges not ready for ‘Education 4.0’
  • One year gone, another starting. Brexit on March 29 (who would bet on that?); a general spending review in the spring to solve our funding problems (in our dreams?);
  • The Latest FE News: Top New Year honours for FE sector, FE flag-waving body loses state funding, Website to join the dots on FE research, Government backs off from election promises, AoC gets new chair
  • There’s been a welcome lull in BTec activity at my college this end of a long-term - students who wanted to change courses or do something completely different did so in the first few weeks, assignments are in and marked and a two-week break beckons.
  • Government confirms standstill in 16-18 funding Industry recruits more apprentices, fewer graduates  Jisc and Eduserv merge to share expertise