The TES is reporting that more than four in 10 newly trained FE teachers are failing to secure a job in the sector within a year of completing their training.
According to new research from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), just 59 per cent of learners who completed a Diploma, PGCE or Cert Ed qualification in 2013-14 went on to find a teaching job in FE within 12 months – a 7 percentage point drop from the previous year.
The ETF’s report also shows that the rate of learners successfully finishing their courses has dropped. “The number of learners completing Awards has remained fairly constant over the last three years, but the number of learners achieving Certificates, Diplomas or PGCEs/Cert Eds have all declined,” the report says. Among the 2013-14 cohort of learners who went on to get a teaching job within 12 months, 63 per cent found a full-time role – down from 70 per cent the previous year.
However, salaries for those who did find work rose slightly, with more than two-thirds of the 2013-14 intake who managed to secure a role earning between £20,000 and £30,000.
James Noble-Rogers, executive director of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers, said falling college budgets were the main factor behind the negative trends.
“That is why there are going to be fewer people training, and the temptation of training people on the cheap is going to get greater,” he added. “Deregulation has gone too far. Until we get regulations back, it is about encouraging colleges to make sure their staff are properly qualified. We have to promote professionalism.”
Why do you think the number of newly trained FE teachers in employment has dropped? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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