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Financial Times: Colleges in England struggle to find teachers for critical skills subjects

02 August 2022

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An AoC survey commissioned by the Financial Times has highlighted the recruitment and retention crisis in colleges.

Of institutions surveyed by AoC:

    • 85% reported shortages in construction courses
    • 78% in engineering
    • 62% in IT and computing.

    The survey also found:

    • Around three-quarters of colleges in England are unable to recruit the staff needed to teach technical and digital subjects
    • Three-quarters of colleges said the main reason they were struggling to fill positions was that qualified candidates have been offered better pay elsewhere
    • 40% reported being forced to cancel courses because of a lack of staff.

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