Find a further education teaching job

What to consider when looking for a job in further education (FE) teaching, and where to look for one.

FE providers are independent organisations

FE providers like colleges and training providers can:

  • set their own requirements in terms of qualifications and experience
  • have their own pay structure and other terms and conditions

This means that you will need to make your own assessment of any FE provider you consider applying to work for.


More than just colleges

FE includes establishments that typically teach students aged 16+. Although this does not include universities, it does include independent training providers (ITPs).

Like colleges, some ITPs will provide teacher training on the job. They may differ from colleges in other ways:

  • a more commercial focus
  • greater use of remote working
  • be industry sector specific

ITPs do not follow the academic year, so you can take holiday leave at any time. The amount of holiday leave available will depend on the ITP. It is likely to be less than you'd get from a college, but more flexible about when you take it.


Where to find a job

The first place to look for a job is on your local college or training provider’s website.

You can also find jobs by:

  • searching general job sites such as Indeed, TotalJobs and Reed
  • looking on LinkedIn
  • using social media

Colleges

The Association of Colleges has a list of FE colleges. Use it to find an FE college local to you.

ITPs

The Association of Employment Learning Providers' website has a list of training providers. Use it to find a training provider local to you.

Other places to look

The Department for Education does not endorse any particular providers or job sites.


What to look for

Some job vacancies will have 'teacher' in the job title. You may find vacancies with different job titles that mean the same thing:

  • lecturer
  • tutor
  • skills trainer
  • skills coach

Always read job adverts carefully, and read any downloadable job descriptions provided.

If you're not sure about something, get in touch with the FE provider before you apply.


What you could earn

Further education (FE) teachers are employed by colleges and training providers on a full- or part-time basis.

The average salary for an FE teacher ranges from £24,000 to £40,000

This is according to National Careers Service figures.

FE providers are independent businesses, so are free to set their own salary levels.

These may be determined by:

  • the demand for your subject
  • your level of experience and qualifications
  • your local area

You can get an idea of your local provider's pay scale by looking at the current jobs on the careers section of their website.

The Association of Colleges has a list of FE colleges. Use it to find an FE college local to you.

The Association of Employment Learning Providers' website has a list of training providers. Use it to find a training provider local to you.


Benefits package

FE providers are employers like any other in the private sector, and often offer a range of benefits on top of the salary.

These may include:

  • pension schemes
  • childcare vouchers
  • cycle to work schemes
  • discount gym memberships

This is not a complete list. You'll find what each FE provider offers on their website.

Working hours

A full-time FE teacher is typically contracted to 35-37 hours a week. Some teaching goes on in the evening, so your working day can be flexible.

Many FE teachers work part time to fit around other commitments.

Look at the jobs in the careers section of the provider's website to give yourself an idea of how flexible they are.

Holidays

As an employee you are entitled to paid holidays.

Term-based holidays mean college-based FE teachers typically get 37 days' paid leave per year, plus all the bank holidays.

Independent training providers do not usually follow the college terms, so leave can be taken at any time. The amount of leave offered varies by provider.


Got a question about about finding an FE job?

Call our advisors on 0800 389 2502. Lines are open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm.


Non-teaching roles

You can work in FE without having to do any teacher training. For example you can work as a:

  • technician
  • teaching assistant
  • learning support assistant

These sort of jobs are advertised on FE providers' websites, and on general job finder websites.


Returning to teaching?

If you've taught in FE before, or are a teacher looking for a change, the FE Advice website will give you the advice you need.