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. Grow the sector’s membership body (Society for Education and Training), professional statuses and high quality new entrants
  2. Develop the workforce’s capability to excel in teaching and training
  3. Enhance the sector’s leadership capacity and capability
  4. Inform decision makers with data, experience and insights

Download our Strategy for 2018–2021.

Download our organogram.