Further education jobs can be hugely rewarding as you help students at a crucial transitional period in their academic life.
In most cases, students will only spend around two years studying at FE level, as they focus on the subjects they performed best at during their GCSEs and learn them in sufficient depth to gain A-Levels or equivalent vocational qualifications.
At the same time, most students at this level are becoming adults, and teaching 16 to 18-year-olds holds unique challenges but also the chance to become a valued mentor figure and even a friend of sorts.
You will need strong interpersonal skills and a genuine desire not only to teach your chosen subject, but to engage with your students on a personal level and help build their confidence and the skills that will help them through university or into their career.
Castles Education are here to support you throughout your career in FE teaching, whether you just need us for your immediate job search or you want a longer relationship to help you progress into future roles too.
FE teaching in particular is one area in which many teachers remain for most, if not all of their career; the rewards and job satisfaction can be excellent and the students tend to be highly engaged with the subject matter they have chosen to study.
We can help newcomers to teaching – at any level – to gain the required experience and skills to complete a CV that will be sufficient for a first FE teaching role.
If you already have the necessary skills, we can place you into an FE vacancy that is ideally suited to your past experience, or that will challenge you in some new way to continue your development for the future.
Whether you hope to one day become a college principal, or transition into higher education teaching at university level, or simply to share your passion for a particular subject with generations of students, we want to hear from you.
And if you have an interest in some of the specific roles often found within FE institutions, for example in teaching career skills rather than an academic subject, please also contact us and we will be happy to help you find a role that allows you to work with students in that kind of capacity.
Further education roles we recruit for include:
Our network of schools, colleges and other FE institutions stretches the length and breadth of the UK and also includes opportunities to teach English in schools overseas.
Castles Education maintain close and ongoing relationships with the schools and colleges we recruit for, and this gives us in-depth understanding of the type of candidate they are looking for.
When we suggest a particular FE vacancy to you, this means we are confident that you will be a good fit for the particular institution, and this both maximises your chances of a successful application, and also your likely job satisfaction over the long term.
Further education vacancies can vary a lot but in many cases they require much more specialism in one chosen subject than you might find at lower levels in the education system.
You will of course need to teach your chosen subject in more detail – for example to A-Level standard or equivalent – and for this reason many candidates entering FE roles have prior experience at secondary school or GCSE level.
However, if you have a good depth of knowledge about the subject, and relevant teaching experience, we will help you to find the right opportunities in further education teaching.
This may mean a willingness to take a short-term contract to fill any gaps on your CV, in order to secure a significantly better long-term role in your chosen field.
And if you are just starting out in teaching as a career, but have a particular university degree you want to use in your job, our graduate teaching vacancies can help you to convert this to QTS qualification so you can quickly move into an FE teaching role in your own right.
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