Our Vision and Role

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The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is the sector-owned, government-backed workforce development body for the Further Education and Training sector. Its role is to commission and deliver professional learning and development for teachers, leaders and trainers to support government policy and meet sector needs. Our charitable purpose is to improve education and training for learners aged 14 and over.

ETF believes that the key to improving education and training is to support teachers and their leaders to excel.

Everything ETF does is in pursuit of our vision of:

  • Highly effective, professionally confident teachers and trainers
  • First class leadership of the sector
  • FE as the career of choice for ambitious professionals who wish to make a difference.

To achieve our vision, we pursue four strategic objectives:

  1. Setting and promoting high professional standards
  2. Supporting the FE sector to succeed through reform and change
  3. Leading professional development for teachers, trainers, leaders and governors
  4. Creating independent, impartial and comprehensive workforce data and research.

Download our Strategy for 2018–2021.

Download our organogram.