Working in a Further Education college is a truly rewarding experience.
Working in FE allows you to pass on your valuable skills to others and see those individuals developing into confident professionals with the aid of your hard work and support.
There are many roles in Further Education, including:
Further Education lecturers work with students to develop their skills by delivering lessons which are involving and interact with the students.
As well as working with A Level students, lecturers can also help with a wide range of ability levels, including GCSE resits, helping adults develop their literacy and numeracy skills, and assisting HE students to obtain their HNDs and Degrees.
To teach in Further Education, you will normally be expected to either hold or be studying for a recognised teaching qualification, such as a PGCE, Cert Ed or a P.T.L.L.S. qualification.
Work Based Assessors and Internal Verifiers
Assessors provide support and guidance to learners and apprentices in their own workplace and observe them performing activities related to their job roles. By collecting evidence and assessing their abilities, assessors will enable learners to gain National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).
To become an assessor you will need work experience (occupational competence) or knowledge of the appropriate industry settings, regulations and codes of practice. You will also need to obtain the A1 or D32/33 assessing award.
Internal Verifiers (IVs) ensure that the assessment process is consistent and fair, and does not discriminate against any learner. IVs evaluate assessments and quality assurance systems and provide support and ongoing guidance to a team of assessors.
Learning Support Workers
Learning Support Workers work alongside lecturers to ensure that individual learners receive the support they need to maximise their learning potential. They often work with students with Special Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (SLDD), Learning Support Workers.
Although Learning Support Workers do not normally need any specific qualifications, they are often expected to have a good standard of English and Maths. There is also a range of specialist qualifications available which will enable Learning Support Workers to improve their skills and increase their chances of finding work.
In addition to the above there are also a large number of non-academic workers who work within Further Education colleges.