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5 ways your college can cast the net wider this year

Friday 23rd June 2017

The single change you need to make to take control of your recruitment for the new academic year, is to approach it with a proactive strategy. So what behaviours can colleges adopt now?

And our survey said: prioritise CPD please!

Wednesday 21st June 2017

A key driver in improving staff retention in education is cultivating the mindset within teammates that the career path is a long and rewarding one that deserves the effort of change to improve it. Is CPD the answer?

Young voters out in force for the 2017 election. Are FE providers the key to political confidence?

Monday 12th June 2017

The 2017 snap election resulted in an incredible 20% increase in 18- to 24-year-old voters since the election two years ago.

Funding for 16-18 year olds in further education to be 10% lower than in secondary schools

Tuesday 6th June 2017

Regardless of which party wins the election, funding for further education will remain around 10% lower than secondary schools, reports The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

From trade to teaching

Thursday 1st June 2017

Stylist, mechanic, engineer… could you teach your trade? A new wave of skilled specialists are required urgently to lead vocational and academic courses in the further education arena.

New HMRC Childcare Tax changes could help lecturer retention…a little

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Getting childcare right could significantly improve retention in FE - two thirds of Further Education staff is female. Where FE excels, however, is in its part time workforce: 60% of all college staff and more than 80% of local authority and third sector FE providers' staff work part time.

Get into vocational lecturing

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Are you working in industry but ready to try something different? Or are you a mechanic, stylist, engineer, architect, scientist, mathematician? Try FE. You’ll be amazed at what’s inside you.

The five different types of head

Monday 8th May 2017

No one really likes to be pigeon-holed but according to research produced by the Centre for High Performance, there are five different “types” of head teacher - which one are you?

Eight ways to step up from lecturing to leadership

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Once you have been teaching for four or five years, you may feel that you have refined your trade sufficiently to take on more responsibility.

Tablet culture - what is technology doing to our learners?

Thursday 27th April 2017

Even when we were young, there were recommended limits to our TV time. Quite apart from making your eyes grow square, it detracted from exercise, the great outdoors and reading. Those threats still stand, but what other risks have arisen in the age of personal tablets and phones?

Student health - lessons in the balance

Thursday 18th April 2017

There are several key challenges to student health that many are dealing with. Self-harm, eating disorders and depression are all on the rise in teenagers, young adults and adults.

The apprenticeship levy is live, but will others now fall through the skills gap?

Monday 10th April 2017

This week marks a revolutionary change in the way Further Education is funded. Last Thursday, the Apprenticeship levy came into force.

Understanding bullying

Monday 3rd April 2017

The most important point to consider with regard to bullying is that all sides suffer; the victim at the hands of his or her bully, and the bully who evidently has reasons for resorting to such negative behaviour.

Lecturers: do you know you can negotiate your remuneration package?

Thursday 30th March 2017

Whether you are looking for a new role or think you deserve more where you are, it’s up to you to challenge the employer to compete for your talents.

4 tricks colleges could learn from some of the world’s best employers

Friday 24th March 2017

If there is one industry where happy staff = best results, it’s education. So what attraction, recruitment and retention lessons can colleges take from the most successful companies in the world?

The new 9-1 GCSE grades spell confusion for colleges and sixth forms

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Whilst cynical speculators will wonder why an additional level of A** was not simply added to allow for direct comparison year on year, it is a deliberate move by Ofqual to recognise the higher achievement of the new cohort who take these new, more challenging exams..

10 Continued Professional Development sources for College teaching Staff

Friday 17th March 2017

The Spring Budget brings good news for FE with the promise of an additional £500 million over the next five years, representing an increase in teaching hours from 600 to 900 for trade students.

£500m boost for FE comes with challenges for colleges

Friday 10th March 2017

The Spring Budget brings good news for FE with the promise of an additional £500 million over the next five years, representing an increase in teaching hours from 600 to 900 for trade students.

Community cohesion and British values

Thursday 9th March 2017

People are being asked to come together for bake-offs, street parties, barbecues and picnics, to send out the clear message that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.

SFA leaving colleges and employers to strike their own deals

Monday 6th March 2017

The Association of Colleges’ governance summit this week revealed a conflict between how college governors and the AoC expect college-employer contracts to be established once the Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect. .

Funding for 16-18 year olds is the 'big loser'

Tuesday 28th February 2017

The IFS study into education spending released yesterday shows that age 16-18 spending was about £6 billion in England last year. Of this, £3.7 billion went to FE and sixth-form colleges and £2.2 billion went to school sixth forms.

10 key things to include in a strong personal statement

Monday 27th February 2017

Whilst your qualifications and experience get you through the door, the personal statement is an important opportunity for you to tell the decision maker who you are and exactly why you fit that role.

Is 14 too young to choose a life path?

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Is 14 too young to choose a life path? This weekend, the Guardian questioned whether making vocational choices at 14 was too early and could be a reason for UTCs struggling to improve their GCSE results and attract students.

Developing skills and knowledge

Monday 20th February 2017

Continuing personal and professional development is, or at least should be, of paramount importance. Research into CPD over the decades has given us ever greater insight into what makes a difference to lecturing and learning.

What’s next for Further Education recruitment in 2017?

Friday 17th February 2017

Apprenticeships and Professional & Technical courses are the revolutionary tools fit for the 21st century by which we will end the UK skills shortage and empower our young people to fortify our economy for the forthcoming decades.

Ofsted: the need-to-know essentials

Monday 13th February 2017

While the notion of inspection isn’t exactly welcomed by all, the process is at least more transparent, and many Ofsted myths are successfully being busted by staff in the know.

5 ways to create a striking CPD portfolio

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Times are changing and it’s time for your Career Professional Development portfolio (CPD) to do the same and give back to you.

Professional conduct = professional growth

Wednesday 1st February 2017

At the heart of the professional standards by which lecturers must abide lies the need for the profession to conduct itself in the best way possible.

Are you ready? FE jobseeker activity set to increase this half term

Friday 27th January 2017

As February half term is expected to be another peak time for jobseekers, FE institutions need to implement “proactive recruitment strategies to capture the best talent now,” says Paul Howells, CEO and founder of FEjobs.

Top 10 tips: making a success of interviews

Tuesday 24th January 2017

Love them or hate them, we can all improve our chances of success at an interview, no matter how experienced we are, if we follow a few basic tips…

Is lack of transport in rural areas hindering FE learners?

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Research published says lack of public transport is harming opportunities in further education with only half of rural users able to get to an FE institution by public transport or walking in a ‘reasonable travel time'.

Creating a great CV

Tuesday 17th January 2017

In the coming year, the competition for skilled talent will continue to heat up, technology advances will come to the forefront and talent acquisition decisions will be data driven. Here are my top 5 predictions.

Top 5 recruitment predictions for 2017

Thursday 12th January 2017

In the coming year, the competition for skilled talent will continue to heat up, technology advances will come to the forefront and talent acquisition decisions will be data driven. Here are my top 5 predictions.

Staying positive throughout the year

Thursday 5th January 2017

It goes without saying that symptoms of negative stress, anxiety and depression must be shared with an appropriate health care professional and that they are, in no way, caused by being “negative”. But there are some strategies that we can employ to help us on a daily basis to thrive just a little more than usual…

The similarities between Christmas and teaching

Thursday 15th December 2016

At FEjobs, we’ve noticed that the teaching profession and Christmas have far more in common than you might realise. Here are a few of our thoughts…

Overcoming imposter syndrome

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Feeling as though you’re about to be found out to be a fraud is a surprisingly common phenomenon, not least in the world of education.

The Autumn Statement 2016

Thursday 24th November 2016

On Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond finally lifted the lid on the autumn statement. Unlike previous years the statement only ran to 69 pages, however there were some interesting points raised regarding the future of the further education landscape.

Feeling stressed? Recognise the symptoms

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

If we must move seamlessly from one task to another, with no time to pause, how can we recognise the point at which we say, ‘that’s enough, change must happen’? These 4 suggestions may help.

Wellbeing in the run up to Christmas

Friday 11th November 2016

Sadly, for many of us the slide into December on the back of an action-packed term is often accompanied by coughs, sneezes and achingly sore throats. Recognise any of that? Try these ideas for maintaining wellbeing in the run up to the Christmas break.

Time management masterclass

Thursday 3rd November 2016

Time management can be explored from many angles and it is worth doing so periodically to discover whether there are ways of freeing up more time for life outside work.

Cutbacks force colleges to offer pupils only three AS-levels

Thursday 27th October 2016

As nine in 10 sixth form colleges are concerned about their financial health, the common practice of students pursuing four AS-levels is to be phased out, according to new research from the Sixth Form Colleges' Association (SFCA).

8 steps for getting the promotion you deserve

Monday 24th October 2016

In many ways, the path to promotion begins long before you are ready to think about moving onwards and upwards in your job. These eight points may help!

EU student funding in the UK to remain despite Brexit vote

Wednesday 12th October 2016

European Union students applying for further education places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support, even if the UK leaves the EU.

Spotting the signs of mental health disorders

Monday 10th October 2016

For parents and lecturers mental health is a difficult subject to confront. So, what can we do to make sure young people don’t slip through the net? Recognising the signs to look out for is a great start.

Are you social media savvy?

Friday 30th September 2016

There’s much to be gained from being involved in social media, especially for teachers. But it’s not all plain sailing. It pays to take a few precautions to ensure that any time spent on social media is productive rather than risky.

5 questions to ask when considering moving jobs

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Naturally this is a time when many start to reflect on whether to think about a job move, especially if you’re feeling ready for a new challenge. These questions might help.

Top 10 tips for the start of term

Monday 12th September 2016

New to the profession and want to kick off the academic year in style without crashing into Christmas? Try these top ten ideas for a great term ahead!

With GCSE results in, is now the time to hire an apprentice?

Monday 31st August 2016

Popularity of apprenticeships has grown over the past two years but with less than a quarter of SME’s employing an apprentice, what is putting businesses off?

Record university offers for UK students

Thursday 18th August 2016

Record places available at UK universities following A-Level results day.

FE funding speculation following Brexit

Monday 15th August 2016

Government announces guarantee to protect European Social Fund after Brexit; but is there a catch?

CBI chief urges levy launch to be delayed unless radical rethink

Friday 28th April 2016

Today, the UK’s biggest business lobby called on the government to “radically rethink” the apprenticeship levy that is due to be introduced in April next year.

Government launches area review grants for colleges

Friday 15th April 2016

Earlier last month, it was revealed that the government would be providing cash to help colleges implement area review recommendations.

Save our colleges

Friday 18th March 2016

On Tuesday, thousands of teachers in sixth form colleges staged a one day strike over funding cuts. National Union of Teachers (NUT) members held a rally in central London where they marched to the Department for Education.

Education excellence everywhere

Friday 18th March 2016

This week, George Osborne delivered his eighth Budget as chancellor.

Head of Ofsted - ‘16 to 19 year olds should be taught in schools’

Friday, 4 March 2016

Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw has called for 16 to 19 year olds to be educated in schools, during a parliamentary session this week.

Survey reveals ‘growing challenge’ of skills shortages

Friday, 5 February 2016

The Employer Skills Survey (ESS) for 2015, published by the UK Commission on Employment and Skills (UKCES) last week, found that 23% of vacancies went unfilled because of skills shortages.

Will college academy conversion fragment FE sector?

Friday, 11 December 2015

Last month, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement and the long-awaited outcome of the spending review.

Spending review - a sigh of relief

27 November 2015

Whilst the industry takes time to absorb and understand the finer details of the autumn spending statement

Career Colleges increase options for 14 year-olds

September 6th 2014

This month three new Career Colleges are pioneering an initiative in vocational education, preparing teenagers for jobs in in hospitality, digital arts or catering.

Further Education fails to welcome 14 year-olds

September 6th 2014

Further Education colleges have been able to enrol 14 year-olds since last September, but a small minority are doing so because of high costs and safety worries.

Nick Boles backs tech bacc

August 2nd 2014

The new Skills Minister hopes one in four students will study the tech bacc, even though only five colleges are offering it.

Education Select Committee to examine vocational education

August 2nd 2014

MPs have called for written evidence and a new inquiry into apprenticeships and traineeships. This will be their first inquiry into the subject for seven years.

Sixth form colleges in funding crisis

July 5th 2014

Although students in sixth-form colleges achieve better exam results than their peers in academies and maintained schools, funding inequalities are affecting the education they receive.

Education recruitment looks optimistic

July 5th 2014

Although the number of people working in the public sector will continue to fall, employers in education are positive about future recruitment needs.

More apprentices in future

June 7th 2014

The total number of apprenticeships is to rise to two million, but the announcement was criticised for causing confusion.

Greater focus needed on vocational education

June 7th 2014

Researchers have warned that Britain’s economy will be unable to compete globally unless more young people turn to vocational education.

Funding gap preventing state pupils achieving top universities

May 3rd 2014

The AoC is has called for a more open discussion about the difference in funding between state and private sixth form education.

Survey lifts lid on sector

May 3rd 2014

The vast majority of respondents in a survey of staff in the FE sector said they were concerned about levels of institutional funding and bureaucracy.

New tech levels launched

April 6th 2014

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock has announced 77 new tech level qualifications - but a cut to the number of qualifications recognised for funding.

Capital’s sixth-form colleges close ranks against free school

April 6th 2014

Every one of London’s sixth-form principals has signed a letter urging Michael Gove to rethink plans to spend £45 million on a new free school.

Careers week embraces online guidance

6th March 2014

FE colleges, secondary schools and universities celebrated the third National Careers Week, fostering better careers advice and inspiring employers to connect with young people.

Apprentices get their own pressure group

6th March 2014

The National Union of Students has launched a new society to champion the rights of apprentices and communicate their views to government.

Nuclear college to tackle skills gap

January 30th 2014

The government has announced plans to open a new elite college to provide high level training for the nuclear power sector.

Ministers give green light to new UTCs

January 30th 2014

Six new University Technical Colleges have been given the go ahead, bringing the total to 50.

Prince promotes apprenticeships

January 4th 2014

Prince Andrew has been promoting vocational education since he gave up his role as the UK’s trade ambassador, the Daily Mail reports. He did not go to university and chose an apprenticeship as a Navy pilot instead.

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