ETF awards contract that will boost digital competency of the Further Education sector workforce to improve learner outcomes

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has taken a significant step in its strategy to support the FE and Training workforce to become confident and effective users of technology in teaching and learning. A new contract to develop a pedagogic EdTech competency framework (EdTechComp) for the sector has been awarded to Sero Consulting Ltd – an education and skills consultancy specialising in digital technologies.

The aim of the EdTechComp framework is to create a shared understanding of digital capability in teaching throughout the education sector and provide educators with a clear developmental pathway, both mapping their level of competency and supporting them in developing further skills. It will also promote a set of digital teaching professional standards for the sector.

The design process of the framework will be user-centred to ensure it responds to the needs of a diverse sector, so teachers and trainers will be invited to take part through a variety of research and design techniques.

The framework will build on the research and existing programmes developed by ETF and Jisc – a not-for-profit organisation the provides digital solutions for UK education and research. It will include pathways to meet the needs of educators working in the SEND, offender learning, adult community learning and work based learning sectors.

Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), said:

“We are pleased to announce that Sero Consulting Ltd have been awarded our contract to develop our pedagogic EdTech competency framework.

“Digital skills are widely acknowledged as being a future skills requirement, not only for employability but also for the economic performance of the country. This framework will ensure a common understanding of digital skills in the education sector and promote a set of digital teaching professional standards.

“The ETF’s vision is for the FE and Training workforce becoming digital citizens, confident in using technologies safely, collaboratively and constructively to learn, live and work in a global society.”

Liz Wallis, Managing Director at Sero Consulting Ltd, said:

 “We are delighted to have been awarded this piece of work. We are looking forward to collaborating with ETF and working with a wide range of colleagues in the sector to ensure that the pedagogic EdTech competency framework really works for the sector and for all types of practitioner.

“Our aim is to support consistent, accessible and flexible skills development and to enable learning providers to apply the framework in their particular context.”

Sarah Knight – Head of Change and Student Experience at Jisc, said:

“We are delighted to be working with ETF and Sero consulting on this important project which builds on our Jisc six elements of digital capability framework and will develop a pedagogically focused EdTech competency framework for staff in further education and skills.

“This will support staff in realising the benefits of technology to their own practice and enable their learners to develop the digital skills they require for learning and being prepared for a digital workplace.”



Notes to Editors

  1. About the Education and Training Foundation:

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is the sector-owned, government-backed workforce development body for the Further Education and Training sector.

Its mission is to support the continuing transformation of our country’s technical and vocational education system by ensuring the sector has world-class teachers, trainers, assessors and leaders. This leads to ever-improving learner outcomes, a better skilled workforce and a stronger economy, country and society.

It does this by improving, driving and championing the quality of the sector’s leadership, teaching and training through:

  • Setting and promoting professional standards, awarding QTLS and ATS, and, managing the Society for Education and Training, the professional membership body for the sector
  • Supporting the sector through reform and change
  • Leading professional and workforce development for teachers, trainers, assessors, leaders and governors
  • Being the home of independent, impartial and comprehensive workforce data and research
  1. For journalists requiring further information, please contact Jackie Stevens: on 07703 729216 or Mark Brooks: on07860 720586.


The Education and Training Foundation is a company registered in England Registered address: 157 -197 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SP, t:  0203 740 8280 Company registration number: 08540597. Charity number: 1153859



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