So what is the FE Sector?

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has launched a new guide on the Further Education system in England – ‘So what is the FE Sector?’.

The guide provides an explanation of what the Further Education (FE) sector is, what the different types of providers are in the sector and what opportunities the sector offers for potential learners, their parents, teachers and trainers, and employers.

The guide has been designed to give a basic overview of the FE sector to everyone whether they are a school-leaver, an adult returning to learning, a parent, policymaker, employer, education providers, a current practitioner or someone looking to start a career as a teacher or trainer.

The ETF developed the guide as part of its role as the government-backed, national workforce development body for the FE sector. The guide is split into two sections, Part One provides an outline of the different types of FE providers, followed by a summary of some approaches to learning that are prominent in the sector. Part Two outlines some of the different types of qualifications available.