The More Pathways to Further Education project, funded by the Education and training Foundation, ran in academic year 2017/18 and during this time we worked with seven colleges across Kent and Sussex. Twenty final year undergraduates were placed within the colleges with the intention of raising the profile of FE and encouraging the undergraduates to consider a career in the sector.
This project has been a huge success with one undergraduate being offered employment by a Kent college. Following the project’s success, we are delighted to announce we have secured additional funding from the Education and Training Foundation to offer a second cohort of undergraduates the opportunity to take part in this project.
Who will be involved?
- FE institutions across the South East region who are interested in providing a work placement for a final year undergraduate student.
- HEIs in the South East region.
What are the aims of the project?
The aim of this project is to introduce FE to individuals who might not have considered it as a career option and perhaps, as a result of the placement, find employment within their work placement college.
- raise the profile of FE
- establish new pipelines for entrants to the FE sector
- encourage HE careers and employability teams to promote opportunities in FE
- support colleges with the recruitment of new staff
- provide undergraduates with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a career in FE as well as increase their employability skills
- develop stronger links and partnership working between FE and HE
What is expected of colleges involved in the project?
Colleges will be asked to identify any roles they are finding difficulty to recruit to. We cannot guarantee that students with the required skills/subject knowledge will apply for this opportunity, but it will form part of the student selection process.
Colleges will need to offer 40 hours of work experience. This should involve a variety of activities such as an induction to the college, assisting with teaching, attending meetings, planning lessons in order to give a realistic and supported introduction to FE.
Colleges will need to provide a named member of staff who will act as the mentor for the placement.
What are the timescales?
AoC will recruit all students and agree placements. (October 2018)
Placements will commence in October/November 2018 and conclude in December 2018
What support will AoC offer through the process?
AoC will recruit the students and match their skills and experience to the most appropriate placement. This will be achieved through a rigorous application/interview process.
AoC will manage and support the placements.
AoC provide full briefings regarding the project details, requirements and logistics.
A dedicated project manager will be available to answer questions and support the colleges and students throughout the project.
What funding will be available?
The funding for the project provides each college £300 per student placed.
The funding for the project provides each student with a payment of £300 at the end of the placement to reimburse costs related to their 40 hour placement.
How do you get involved?
If you would like to learn more about this project, please email Gemma Baker, Area Director South East.
For Colleges: Deadline to express your interest Friday 28 September, 2018
For University Students: Deadline to submit an application Friday 19 October, 2018