Have you considered working in Further Education before? If not, it might be the time to start!
The Department for Education is strongly pushing for skilled workers to teach part time in FE. It calls for skilled workers to take up a part-time teaching role within their specialised industry.
There has been a massive demand for FE teachers in areas such as Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing, Legal, Finance, Accounting, Digital and Health and Social care. There has been a massive shortage of teachers within some sectors. But this is aimed to be tackled.
The Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi stated that:
“There are a huge number of industry professionals that already hold the knowledge and skills to make them great further education teachers. We want to encourage those with industry experience to share their skills to inspire the next generation of workers in their field.”
The Department of Education carried out a college staff survey, and it was cited in last year’s skills for jobs white paper, that more than half of college principals find that recruitment is difficult and teaching vacancy rates in crucial subjects were as high as 5%.
Last year’s skills for jobs white paper promised a significant new investment to improve the FE workforce in 2021/2022. This is great news! You could become a further education teacher to inspire the younger generations. You might be thinking what’s the benefits for me? Teaching part time in an FE sector is great career progression. It comes with benefits such as making your own time, and you’d look good to prospective employers.
What do I need to become a Further Education teacher?
We strongly recommend the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. This is just the first step you need in getting qualified in the FE sector. It is suitable for anyone teaching or wishing to teach in colleges. It is also for those training in industry, business or the public services.
The AET contains 3 units. Which you can do online with distanced learning. We have no deadlines and no time constraints. However, you’d have the full support from our team!
So that’s some FE news, but what should you do now? If becoming a teacher in further education is for you, our website holds some really good information!