Richard Huish College are expanding the range of teaching qualifications they offer with the introduction of an exciting new Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, aimed at people wanting to make their mark in Further Education.

Fully qualified Further Education teachers can work with all age ranges over 16 in a variety of roles; ranging from academic and vocational teachers in Schools, Colleges and Universities to training providers delivering bespoke training for organisations and employers. This is a great time to train as the demand for qualified FE teachers is increasing to meet the needs of employers for both functional skills and specialised skill sets.

In England, the government has aided young people in increasing their qualifications by making it mandatory for anyone born after 1st September 1997 to stay in some form of training or education until the age of 18. Furthermore since 2014, those who achieve a grade 3 or below in English and maths at GCSE must continue working towards improving their grade to a minimum of a 4 as part of their post-16 education and training. In addition to creating jobs in the FE sector, this has increased the value of functional skills amongst employers. Many adults who lack these qualifications are now returning to education to increase their job prospects. According to a recent Education and Training Foundation consultation on functional skills, three-quarters of employers believe action is needed to improve Maths and English skills in the UK.

Employers are also needing to upskill their employees in many sectors with specialist training. According to a poll by the Confederation of British Industry, two thirds of businesses anticipate the need for more staff with higher level skills in the coming years but 55% fear that they will not be able to find them. Employers are increasing looking for training providers to train their adult workforces. In the current climate this position could worsen as currently the Association of Colleges estimates around 7,000 EU nationals currently teach in the FE sector, making up about 4% of total staff. With Brexit on the horizon there are concerns many nationals may opt to go return home for greater prospects, leaving a deficit in qualified FE teachers.

Funded by Apprenticeship or student loan the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is for anyone wanting to become a fully qualified teacher (excluding Early Years and Primary). Taught one afternoon/evening per week (4.30pm – 8.30pm) over 34 weeks, it is ideal for anybody already working in education or pursuing a career in education with access to 100 hours in practice.

FE careers are some of the most versatile and rewarding in the Education section. Job satisfaction is reflected in the teacher and tutor retention rates in the sector which show more life long careers comparative to those working in primary and secondary education. One suggested reason for this is that primarily learners are there out of choice making the process extremely rewarding and the range of training courses within the sector allows teachers to specialise in topic areas they are truly passionate about.

Assistant Principal, Becky Flower, commented “Huish is an Ofsted Outstanding Sixth Form College with highly committed teachers who enable our students to achieve fantastic results. We are introducing this course to train the future workforce in an area where there is clear employment growth”.

Email Apprenticeship@huish.ac.uk or call 01823 424603 for further information and advice on how to get into a career in teaching, progression routes available from Level 2 through to Post Graduate Apprenticeships.