Working in FE

  • 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?
  • The latest FE news including: Ethnic minority FE leaders still low in numbers, Apprenticeship standards that nobody wants, New Ofqual rules for endpoint assessors and Sport England funding targets inactive female students.
  • Find out why many engineers are transitioning career from industry into teaching, and check out our detailed guide to making the move yourself.
  • Sarah Seaman joined Barnsley College in 2009 as a hair and beauty (H&B) teacher after first training as a hairdresser, managing a salon, training apprentices and qualifying as a teacher. At college she managed H&B, catering and essential skills, then becoming a quality manager across the curricul...
  • The latest FE news including: Food banks spread across college campuses, Failed UTCs and studio schools soak up state funding, Adult education courses inspire parents to help with homework, Struggling colleges given £57m in bail-out funding and West Midlands region first to forge skills funding deal
  • I can scarcely remember so many FE policies being in flux at the same time. Continuing doubts about the speed at which T-levels are being introduced.
  • The latest FE news including: Funding band changes threaten management courses, Open online courses you can study and teach. Institute for Apprenticeships should go, say Lords and £73m underspend in adult education.
  • he latest FE news including: Apprentice voice seen as key by institute, EU students still in the dark over post-Brexit funding, Further T-level delays, Sector pays price for delayed apprenticeship standards and more evidence that resits need a policy change
  • Wendy Taylor has managed the nursery at Oaklands College, St Albans, since 2013, following a long career working with young children in primary and Early Years
  • The latest FE news including: English/maths GCSE resits look set to continue, New analytics service lets students track progress, AoC backs drive for easier visa access for non-EU teachers and Cable lists off radical changes for apprenticeship levy.
  • Chris Gibirdi joined Wigan and Leigh College last September after a similar role at Runshaw College and five years spent first promoting sport across a primary/secondary school network and then as a qualified primary teacher.
  • Rumblings of discontent among non-levy-paying organisations could not have become much clearer after this week’s survey on apprenticeship funding
  • The latest FE news: T-level awarding system under fire, Teacher training programme for industry experts, Why is apprenticeship take-up so poor? Campaign to promote Stem-based careers
  • Killing time between invigilating exams, I got a distinct feeling of deja vu when I read through the summary of 'Treating Students Fairly’
  • The latest FE news: ‘Good’ Ofsted college ratings up by almost half, Lords report calls for sweeping FE reforms, Mental ill-health on rise in colleges and Royal birthday honours for college leaders
  • The latest FE news: London calls for a devolved 16-18 provision, Management body wants urgent reforms to apprenticeship levy, Ex-minister unfazed by dip in apprenticeships, Skills competitions should be part of national policy
  • Emma Kilby-Brooks joined Loughborough College as an HR administrator in 2006, after working in the UK travel industry, the US and Germany, and then in retail HR. She took on her adviser role as number two in the college’s HR department in 2016
  • The latest FE News: Maths centres of excellence scheme open for bids, Institute for Apprenticeships told to ‘speed up’ and Low-paid workers get full funding for courses 
  • Shock, confusion and downright anger were just some of the reactions from myself and colleagues left choking on hearing we’d been given just five days