Careers at the Education and Training Foundation

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Join the team!

Do you want to make a real difference to the UK’s education and training profession, and ultimately the lives and opportunities of those they teach and train?

We are looking for first class professionals who will play a pivotal role in the next exciting chapter in the life of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), by further supporting an organisation and a sector that continues to grow in importance to the country’s future.

Working at the Education and Training Foundation

When you join the Education and Training Foundation, you’ll be teaming up with nearly 200 employees nationwide to support teachers and leaders across the Further Education and Training sector.

Inspiring and assisting colleagues to be at their very best, our working environment and supportive culture is first-rate. Whether office-based (currently two days per week) or remote, we maintain an important focus on individual health and wellbeing, reflected in our collaborative environment and generous employee benefits.

We know that having a talented and informed workforce helps us to best support teachers and trainers, which is why we offer all staff a wide range of training and development opportunities, making us an ideal employer to further your career with. Come and join the team and make a real difference!

Here’s what some more of our staff have to say

“The ETF are genuinely happy to have new talent on board and want to make the most of driving forward changes and pooling new knowledge.”

“From the beginning of my journey at the ETF I have always looked forward to coming into the office and to collaborate with colleagues. Everyone brings different skills to the table and goes out of their way to do a really good job.”

“Working at the ETF, I genuinely believe in its values, and I feel that everyone around me does too. The difference this makes to both quality of work and colleague relationships is really valuable.”

Learn more about the Education and Training Foundation

Use the buttons below to navigate and discover more about the organisation, our values, employee benefits and our main office.

About the Education and Training Foundation

Established in October 2013, we are the expert body for professional development and standards in Further Education and Training in England, and are also a registered charity.

We support teachers and leaders across the Further Education and Training sector to help them achieve their professional development goals for the benefit of learners and employers across England. In doing so, we help to transform the lives of individuals and communities across the country, unleashing potential and benefitting the economy.

Your work at the ETF will help us to further these objectives. You could work across a number of different departments, levels and projects, having a hand in steering our future direction.

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Our values

Our values underpin our approach in supporting the continual transformation of the technical and vocational education system in the UK, they also reflect our ethos and culture. Our values are:


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We listen and provide effective solutions

Striving for Excellence

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 We aim for the highest standards in everything we do


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We reflect your views in our thinking and in our actions


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We base our decisions on evidence and expertise


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We are open, honest and act with integrity

Our benefits and staff wellbeing

Our comprehensive package of benefits for employees reflects the importance that we place on emotional and physical wellbeing, financial support, and a good work-life balance. Our key benefits are:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement (30 days annual leave, exclusive of the 8 Bank Holidays which you will have off work on top of the 30 days)
  • Volunteering leave (5 days in total – 3 days paid, 2 days unpaid)
  • Other leave entitlements (including only 1.5 days deducted from your annual leave entitlement to cover the 3-day Christmas office closure period, compassionate leave, medical leave, enhanced maternity leave, enhanced paternity leave, adoption leave, reservist leave, moving home day, study leave)
  • Flexible working policies (including time off in-lieu, hybrid working)
  • Pension Scheme (employer contributions of 6% and employee contributions of a minimum of 2%)
  • Comprehensive staff wellbeing programme
  • Generous sick pay
  • Multiple training, learning and development opportunities
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Travel season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free Society for Education and Training (SET) membership (includes SET Rewards – savings and discounts programme)
  • bYond (earn up to 15% when you shop at over 80 UK retailers)
  • Extras Discounts (great savings over 100 brands including, M&S, ASOS, Nike and many more)
  • Summer and Christmas social events
  • Generous sick pay
  • Subsidised onsite gym
  • Five-year service award
  • Paid eye tests
  • Flu vaccine vouchers
  • Victoria BID discount card

Mental health and wellbeing

The ETF is committed to being a mentally healthy workplace and wants to ensure our employees have the space to have open and honest conversations about their mental health and wellbeing. You will have access to a blended program of wellbeing initiatives, including confidential access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Program, monthly learning hours on wellbeing topics, and staff engagement initiatives.

During the pandemic

Learn more about how we supported our employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.

How we supported employees

Supported by our Wellbeing Champions, and our Senior Leadership Team, we increased our wellbeing offer, with the following initiatives, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • set up a wellbeing Teams channel – with pets of ETF being the highlight
  • shared weekly emails with activities
  • introduced a video pal scheme
  • created a collaborative Spotify playlist
  • launched a bimonthly step challenge
  • regular organisation wide wellbeing check in’s
  • an additional day’s leave
  • recognising colleagues through the praise app
  • increased our library of resources
  • learning hours on wellbeing topics.

Staff led activities included:

  • yoga
  • mindfulness sessions
  • lunchtime workout sessions
  • book club
  • crafting sessions
  • gameshow/quiz
  • Friday tea and talk
  • highlighting key dates and initiatives e.g Mental Health Awareness week.

By introducing this extended company-wide initiative through a period of significant change in both our employees’ professional and personal lives, we ensured that the value and importance of supporting mental health and wellbeing at work has created a culture change. This in turn has enabled us to stay connected, engaged, and supported. Now every Wednesday is Wellbeing Wednesday.

Key achievements during lockdown

“My favourite thing to do at the ETF is to join the Mindfulness sessions, run by my colleagues. Their guided meditations are brilliant, and they really set me up for the rest of the day. As someone who has struggled with their mental health, I highly recommend these sessions, as we all need time to recalibrate and find our inner peace.”

Our main office

Whether your role is office-based or remote, everyone is able to make use of our main office facilities in Victoria, London.

Shared with the National Audit Office and a handful of other organisations, the office benefits from being a close walk from Victoria Station, giving us excellent transport links including buses, National Rail trains and London Underground routes. Our office offers:

  • Bookable desks within a bright, open plan area
  • Desks within a separate quiet working area
  • Collaborative working space
  • Clean, modern kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities
  • Access to the building’s canteen areas and café

For those not office-based in London, we offer full support for remote working as well as a number of opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and stay connected.

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