Destination FE

  • Milton offers Q&A session to fill gap left at conference
    Tory politicians did themselves few favours at the AoC’s annual conference last month. Education secretary Damian Hinds failed to fill his scheduled keynote slot because of ministerial business and, due to a train delay, the normally enthusiastic skills minister, Anne Milton, read out a prepared ...
  • After the disappointment of a no show by education secretary Damian Hinds at the Association of Colleges' annual conference, Labour’s education shadow, Angela Rayner, gave the audience what they wanted to hear in her pledge to scrap the controversial English and maths GCSE resits if Labour got in...
  • Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, appeared to ruffle a few feathers at this year’s annual AoC conference when she spoke about the agency’s new inspection framework around judging colleges and schools far more on what and how students are taught rather than on qualification achievement ra...
  • Oseyoma Okiti joined Abingdon and Witney College in December 2016, after almost eight years as ‘head housekeeper’ at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford. Earlier he trained and worked as an electrical engineer in Nigeria after gaining a degree in the subject.
  • 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
  • Stuart Steele joined Wakefield College last February after more than 30 years in the auto and related industrial sectors
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Whatever your stage of career, it may surprise you to know that you probably already have the skills and qualifications needed to make the switch to teaching today.
  • 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.
  • Find out why many engineers are transitioning career from industry into teaching, and check out our detailed guide to making the move yourself.
  • The latest FE News including; Institutes of technology shortlist announced, Pay talks resume between unions and colleges, Take another look at resits policy, urges AoC
  • 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 ...
  • Lesley Gill joined Havering College’s student services department 12 years ago as a part-time administrator, moving into a more advisory role before being promoted to manager
  • Jacky Herlihy has worked at Harrow College for 17 years as a receptionist, part-time IT teacher, assessor and now admissions assistant after careers in accounting and the film industry.
  • Maria Harrop is a curriculum manager for retail and commercial enterprise (hair, beauty and catering) at Darlington College, where she first trained as a student and then taught part-time while working in the beauty industry. Since 1991 she has worked as a full-time teacher and then manager at th...
  • Lesley Wilson heads up catering services at Barnsley College, south Yorkshire, where she manages eight food outlets across seven campuses, serving thousands of students each day.
  • Jon Mold (54) is Group Director of Finance and Resources at Stoke on Trent FE College. He spent 14 years with Derbyshire County Council’s treasury department, during which he also studied for A-levels and accountancy exams at college and university.
  • Ian St Peters worked as a local radio and print journalist before being trained on the job as a lecturer in 2002 at Burton College in Staffordshire