Becoming a SET Corporate Partner serves as a badge of recognition for organisations within the FE and Training sector, highlighting their commitment to investing in their staff development, career progression and the recruitment of high quality teachers and trainers. It also supports their quality strategy through the integration and self-assessment of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers amongst their practitioners.
SET Corporate Partnership enables colleges, providers and their staff – as members of SET – to access the entire suite of services offered by both the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and SET, alongside their wide range of continuous professional development (CPD), practical advice, support and networking opportunities. Alongside this, Corporate Partners are encouraged to support their teachers and trainers in undertaking Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).
Ultimately, being a SET Corporate Partner not only benefits teachers, trainers and the whole organisation, it also means better support for learners, partners and local employers.
Nigel Duncan, Principal and Chief Executive of Fareham College (rated Outstanding by Ofsted) in Hampshire, said:
“As part of our Corporate Partner status, we have accessed a number of the ETF’s CPD and networking events, and taken part in funding opportunities such as the Outstanding Teaching and Learning Assessment (OTLA) grant collaborative project. The partnership helps us stay up to date with key issues across the sector. With a key strategic priority to invest in our staff, we find accessing CPD activities across all areas of the curriculum particularly valuable. These have included; managing student behaviour, supporting learners with maths and English, developing an awareness of student mental health issues and supporting students with additional needs. Flexible methods of study that can meet the diverse needs of the Fareham workforce is key to engagement and thus the online courses offered by the ETF are a really effective and accessible mode of delivery.”
John Humphreys, Head of Human Resources of West London College, said:
“We wanted to support Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and maximise both the skills of our existing staff and attract new teachers and trainers. Our key priorities for teaching and learning are to have outstanding teachers and for every learner to be able to achieve their best. The biggest challenge we are currently facing is to recruit, retain and develop teachers in English and STEM subjects – and this is the kind of tailored support being delivered by the ETF.”