The FE Careers College Application Process
- To begin the application process for FE Careers, please submit your CV through TeachInFE to the relevant vacancy / college. All FE vacancies can be found here.
- Once you have submitted your CV, your application will fall into one of two categories, depending on the type of FE career you have applied for and the employer:
- Some providers will require you to complete an application form. Where this is necessary, you will be sent a link to the relevant recruitment pages.
- Other providers only require a CV in order for you to be considered for a role. In these cases, your CV will be passed to the employer directly by TeachInFE and you will be sent a confirmation of this.
- The shortlisting process for most FE careers will take approximately 2 weeks from the closing date. If you are successful you will be contacted by TeachInFE, or the employer, to invite you to an interview or assessment centre, dependent on the vacancy type.
- Interviews will generally take place at the FE college or location where the vacancy you have applied for is based. Assessment centres may take place at external venues.
If you are interviewing for a teaching role, you may be asked to prepare a lesson and provide any relevant materials required, along with an accompanying lesson plan.
How To Breeze Through The College Application Form
The application form. It’s the unavoidable part of job applications everywhere that just has to be done. However, when applying to Further Education Colleges this style of application gives you the perfect chance to show what a great candidate you are. The form can look pretty daunting when you first see it, but we promise you it’s not as bad as it seems. Here are our application top tips to help you sail through it!
When getting started, it’s worth remembering that most application forms aren’t mobile friendly, so need to be completed on a laptop or computer. It’s best to set aside a little time where you can sit down and complete it. Most college applications won’t let you save as you go along, so find a bit of time when you don’t have to rush off somewhere.
If you can, download the application form off of the college website and read it through before you start writing. This means that you can ensure you have all the information you might need nearby, like teacher reference number, national insurance number, or any little details the form might ask for that aren’t easy to remember off the top of your head. There’s nothing worse than having to stop when you’re on a roll because you can’t remember one number or address!
The first part of most College application forms is very simple. Most will ask for your personal details, education, work history, training, professional membership, interests, and background questions – all stuff that is easy to talk about. When talking about past experience, it’s worth remembering that CVs aren’t accepted by most FE Colleges so make sure you include anything that shows what an outstanding candidate you are.
The supporting statement…
The supporting statement usually makes up the second part of the form. This written statement needs to be relevant to the specific role and College, so you can’t just copy and paste a general cover letter. Try to stay focused on what you can bring to that specific role and why you have chosen that College in particular. This section is your opportunity to shine and really go into detail about why you are the best one for the job.
We know that all this can take a little time, but it’s all worth it. Teaching in Further Education is an opportunity to inspire people to pursue something that you are passionate about and help shape that person’s future. It helps that person pursue a dream of their own. It’s a chance to be a part of a wide community of people that also want to teach. There’s excellent benefits, discount services and good holidays. The application form and supporting statement are just a necessary part of the process. Colleges want the best teachers inspiring their students and they can’t use CVs and personal statements for data protection and equality reasons.
Once you’ve finished the supporting statement, there’s usually very little left to do. Maybe some information about your references or some data equality information, but that tends to be it. Fill in these little bits and then make sure you read it all through. You’d be amazed at the little things that people miss. Once you’re happy with it, send it off. Congratulations!
Here at TeachInFE, we wish you the best of luck with your application and hope that you’re successful!
We hope that this article helped you. We can offer advice throughout the entire College application process if needed, so please don’t hesitate to get in contact using the form below if you need any more information.