FE colleges lack incentives to entice the right lecturers

Colleges are having trouble recruiting suitable staff, according to the
Further Education National Training Organisation.

The study of 123 UK colleges shows that, overall, 25 per cent face problems
recruiting course leaders and managers, while 26 per cent have difficulty
finding key and core skills staff.

Areas worst hit are accountancy, with 62 per cent of colleges facing
problems finding lecturers; and engineering, with 22 per cent failing to
recruit managers.

The main barrier to recruitment, the report concludes, is colleges’
inability to offer attractive remuneration. And it warns of further problems.
"Difficulties in recruiting key management staff will, no doubt, be
followed by difficulties in maintaining and improving standards," it


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