The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has today published1 its annual Workforce Data Report (2015/16)2 highlighting trends in staffing numbers, pay and demographics across all provider types in the English Further Education (FE) and Training sector. This report also forms part of ETF’s SIR Data Insights service3 which is a free decision-making tool offering data dashboards and benchmark comparisons.
The report provides valuable insights for practitioners, providers, and policy makers ensuring they have robust and high quality data to support decision-making in a sector that grows in importance by the day.
This year, information was gathered from 175 providers who provided returns on 66,061 staff contracts. Local authorities, independent training providers and third sectors were included for the first time, alongside information from FE, sixth form and specialist colleges.
For the first time since 2011, the annual workforce data report also captures information on teacher qualifications and continuous professional development (CPD) which is key to understanding, improving and championing the sector’s teaching and training profession. The key findings confirm a well-qualified workforce overall, with around three-quarters of teachers holding a qualification.
Key findings on staffing numbers and pay include:
Charlynne Pullen, Head of Data and Evaluation at the Education and Training Foundation, said:
“We are really pleased with the increased response from across the whole sector to the new SIR Data Insights system that we introduced a year ago. For the first time, with the support of organisations across the sector, we have comprehensive data on all kinds of learning and training providers in Further Education.
“Our new SIR Data Insights service collects more data on staff in the whole sector, including qualifications. It offers clear benefits to those who submit data, including access to individual dashboards and sector benchmarks.
“This workforce data report is a key part of ETF’s data and evaluation programme, ensuring that practitioners, providers and policy makers have robust and high quality data to support decision-making. Providing data on qualifications and CPD is a key part of that, with new data on these areas this year.”