Dept for Education campaign to encourage staff to teach in Further Education

The Department for Education’s Teach in Further Education campaign is calling on those with industry experience to teach in FE.

By sharing skills, and training the next generation of workers in their field, the Teach in Further Education campaign is calling on more employers to encourage their staff into part-time teaching in FE in 2024.

New research commissioned by the DoE’s campaign has found one in four employers cite recruitment to fill growing job roles as a top priority for their business this year.

Employers recognise the importance of preparing a pipeline of talent for the future of their business and 93% agree they have a responsibility to help train people to future proof their sector’s workforce.  

Teaching in FE can be flexible and may appeal to employees including those looking for new development opportunities alongside their current career, those nearing retirement but wanting to stay connected to their industry, or people seeking a less physical role within their sector.

Practical experience gained from industry is highly sought after, and teaching and other academic qualifications are not always a pre-requisite for employment as FE teachers can start earning straight away and do funded on-the-job training. There are full-time, part-time and flexible contracts available, allowing FE teachers to balance their hours alongside other professional or personal responsibilities.

FE teachers are needed across many subject areas but there is particular demand for workers from the following sectors: health and social care, construction, engineering & manufacturing, legal, finance, accounting, and digital & IT.

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