Working in FE

  • 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...
  • 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?