Championing professionalism in the FE and Training Sector

This is the first in an ongoing monthly blog series from our new interim CEO Jenny Jarvis, where you can hear more about the ETF’s current and future plans.


By Jenny Jarvis, Interim CEO of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

Jenny Jarvis, interim CEO of the ETF

It was a great honour to be appointed as Interim CEO of the ETF at the start of April. In my five years here, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in some really transformative work with, and for, the FE and Training sector. The ETF’s commitment to support and champion the many practitioners, leaders, support staff and learners across FE is unchanged.  

We strive to work with organisations and colleagues from across the sector to offer the very best development opportunities we can. I’m a passionate believer in the importance of organisational culture and values, and the ETF’s values – to be responsive, inclusive, expert, trustworthy, and to strive for excellence – will continue to underpin the way we collaborate with and deliver for the sector. 

I wish to add my personal thanks to outgoing CEO David Russell for the commitment he has shown to the ETF and the sector over the past eight years. In this new role as Executive in Residence at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School he will be leading a project looking at the creation of a self-improving system in FE. He will be working with a range of FE leaders on this important project and I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the work. 

We are so proud of the work ETF has done recently to support a sector that is already strongly focused on self-improvement. Our latest newsletter features accounts of those who have been involved in our programmes talking about their experiences and the benefits they have witnessed. You can sign up to receive the next edition of this newsletter.

We recognise that the sector is facing challenging times, so it is more important than ever that ETF delivers support, improves career opportunities and, champions the professionalism of those within Further Education and Training sector. To help inform our future work and understand how we can best support the sector for the future, we are set to launch an exciting ‘The FE Conversation’ survey very shortly. We want to hear from you about your work, the challenges you face and your views on how the ETF can support you best. This is part of a wider piece of work ETF will be commencing to make sure that we review and reframe our support to ensure that we are meeting the wide range of sector needs. Do keep an eye out on our website, Twitter and LinkedIn for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.  

Wishing you a very happy bank holiday weekend. 

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