The FE and Training Conversation: Research Summary

This paper presents a summary of the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF) research project, The FE and Training Conversation.

Our aim was to understand more about the current experiences and challenges of practitioners working across the Further Education (FE) and training sector to ensure that our work delivers even greater levels of targeted support to benefit sector need, as well as improving career opportunities and stepping up on our work to champion the professionalism of those working within FE and Training.

We wanted to understand more about the challenges faced by leaders, teachers, trainers, governors and support staff, as well as their views on the training, resources and support the ETF currently provides. 

A sector-wide survey received more than 4,200 responses from FE and training practitioners across the country, offering a unique insight into the FE and training Sector. Further insight was gathered through a series of focus groups that enabled us to explore emerging themes in greater depth.