FE teacher recruitment and the landscape of FE 

The ETF has published a new report, entitled ‘FE teacher recruitment and the landscape of FE’, which was prepared by independent researchers ICF.  It analyses the current state of recruitment in the FE sector and maps the FE teaching and training workforce. 

The report looks at data and trends on sector job vacancy boards, as well as at future demand for FE recruitment and estimates that a further 632,000 jobs will need to be filled over the decade to 2027 as a consequence of factors such as retirement and occupational mobility.  

The report also analyses the level of teaching qualifications across the sector, levels of industry experience by subject area and job requirements by technical and vocational area. It provides specific examples of effective recruitment strategies, including targeted advertising, ‘taster’ and open days and support initiatives for new recruits. 

Recommendations within the report include:

  • scaling-up initiatives to boost recruitment, including the ETF’s Taking Teaching Further and Talent to Teach programmes
  • developing pathways of support, particularly for new teachers and
  • a more strategic approach to recruitment for providers.