Over a third of Work Based Learning Providers have difficulty recruiting staff to teach Functional Skills according to the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF) annual Workforce Survey. The results show that difficulty in finding and employing English and maths tutors is more widespread than in other subject areas.
The views of more than 180 work-based learning providers were represented in this year’s ETF Annual Workforce Survey report, with 16 percent of respondents disclosing that they found it very difficult to recruit Functional Skills teaching staff. The same proportion of people who completed the survey found it very difficult to recruit maths tutors, while this figure for English stood at 12%.
And, it appears that the difficulty experienced is not limited to the work-based learning sector – the survey results echo the opinions voiced in February’s ETF Survey for the Adult and Community Learning sector, where 74% of respondents had some degree of difficulty recruiting for maths, and 57% had difficulty for English.
At The Skills Conference 2015, which was hosted by bksb in March, Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College, Dame Asha Khemka, told delegates that it is important to “nurture, support and up-skill maths teachers in order to retain them” as recruiting new staff can be extremely difficult. Fellow keynote speaker Vic Goddard, Principal at Passmores Academy, told The Skills Conference delegates in May that he had advertised for Maths Teachers for four years and had received no applications at all.