We're calling on the next Welsh Government to think about a variety of issues including the approach to professional learning in Further Education, looking at the professional standards and qualifications for teaching in FE, how a version of qualified teacher status could work for FE, the future role of the Education Workforce Council, and how we could enhance the dual professional system.
The next Welsh Government should:
- Build on the approach to professional learning taken by the new Curriculum for Wales, and support further professionalisation of the FE workforce.
- Legislate for professional standards and minimum requirements of qualification for FE teachers and for the oversight of the Post-16 Workforce Development Framework through amending the existing legislation for the establishment of the Education Workforce Council.
- Explore how an appropriate Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and dual professional model could be applied to FE.
- Extend Education Workforce Council (EWC) responsibilities for regulation of the PGCE and CertED qualifications to cover the post-16 sector in an appropriate way.
- Consider how the dual professional system can be enhanced, learning from best international practice and implement funded CPD systems to enable this, informed by the work of the proposed Centre for Vocational Education and Training.
FE workforce that is fit for the future
We are calling for the next Welsh Government to create a further education workforce that is fit for the future.
In our final episode of the series, Kelly Edwards, Director of Development at ColegauCymru holds a discussion around an FE workforce that is fit for the future. Joining to discuss this further is Yana Williams, Chief Executive of Coleg Cambria, Mark Dacey, Group CEO of NPTC Group and Andrew Cornish, Principal and CEO of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion.