All Careers Advice

  • If you are considering a teaching career in Further Education you may be imagining yourself in a traditional role in a college classroom. However, post 16 education and training is a far more diverse sector than you may realise.
  • What is CPD? For those teaching in FE, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an important part of the role.
  • My name is Chris Wilkinson and I am 28 years old lecturer of Law, having taught since September 2011.
  • Working within the Further Education and Skills sector involves distinct challenges relating to workload and which may not at first be evident when taking up a teaching post.
  • What are Functional Skills? Functional Skills (FS) are qualifications in literacy, numeracy and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.
  • The hardest part is over. You have submitted the application, been invited to interview and got the job. Well done! However, now you will be faced with a range of new challenges as you prepare to start your new job. Here are some questions to consider and find the answers to in the first few days...
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the learning and development you undertake in order to carry out a current role or move into a new one. Many organisations have well-established CPD activities, but it’s still good to be proactive in order to: develop your current role, achieve greater...
  • As social media continues to infiltrate every waking minute of our lives, there’s no denying that it’s changing the way we connect and interact. From searching the web, to purchasing products and finding jobs, social media has its fingers in many proverbial pies.
  • A teaching career in the Further Education sector offers flexible hours, a generous holiday allowance and diverse working environments.
  • According to Tony Buzan, in his influential book first published in 1974, we should start revising straight after a 'learning period',
  • There are a wide variety of academic, administrative and facilities support roles in the Further Education sector which don’t involve teaching but can be just as rewarding.
  • Victoria Bowes is a qualified veterinary nurse with 15 years of vast experience within emergency, medical, surgical and holistic animal practice to include grooming.
  • Your covering letter is an important document - a key part of your application to a prospective employer. It is surprising that jobseekers often pay scant attention to it
  • 20 out of the 249 FE colleges in England are now recruiting full-time 14 year old learners, putting them in direct competition with secondary schools for the first time.
  • With five colleges in England now having Foundation Degree Awarding Powers and many more having partnerships with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), there are increasing opportunities to become involved in teaching on degree level programmes.
  • There has never been a better time to become a teacher of maths or English within the Further Education sector. The teaching of these core subjects has become a huge growth area within FE since the 2011 Wolf Report first recommended that all 16-19 year old learners without a GCSE grade C in these...
  • Neil Barton is a full time teacher in Further Education (FE). He teaches maths in a large FE college in Manchester. Qualifying two years ago, this is the second teaching role he has held; the first being with a private training company.
  • There is currently huge demand within the Further Education sector for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). It’s not difficult to see why.
  • Karen Kaya is a full time tutor in hairdressing, make up and barbering. She works for Stockport College in North West England, the college in which she learnt her trade years earlier. As well as teaching Karen runs her own hairdressing business and is involved in a variety of industry organisatio...
  • Modern apprenticeships have been through a period of upheaval in recent years with a drive to increase quality of provision and to widen access.