Welcome to the Education and Training Foundation

As the government-backed, sector-owned workforce and professional development body for the Further Education (FE) and Training sector, our role is to support you in being an even better leader, teacher, trainer or assessor.

In whatever part of the sector you work in, the importance of professional development during these times of change, challenge and opportunity is more important than ever. Without a high-quality workforce who are constantly developing and building their expertise, we will not take full advantage of the opportunities this renewed focus on our sector brings.

To that end, we use our government grant to subsidise high quality training and development and all our programmes are co-designed with experts in each field. These range from leadership development through to maths and English enhancement, to Prevent training and digital teaching skills. We also manage professional networks, support recruitment into the sector and provide key data and research.

We are the guardian of the sector’s Professional Standards and are responsible for the Society for Education and Training (SET), the professional membership organisation for practitioners working in the Further Education and Training sector. The ETF through SET remains the only body which confers Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).

I am confident we can help you with your continual professional development and be the best practitioner and professional you can be – it is at the heart of everything we do.


David Russell

David Russell
Chief Executive
Education and Training Foundation