Current Projects

Become a Lecturer

FE Sussex has co-launched the ‘Become a Lecturer’ website with our partners in Kent and Essex.  The new website aims to support the recruitment of specialist staff into further education colleges and with other independent providers across the SE Region.

​The website is part of a project funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. The overall project has utilised bursaries to attract people working in various industries to consider working in the FE sector. It has had a special focus on hard to recruit industries. This includes roles such as lecturers, tutors and assessors. Essentially all the forms of teaching roles in education and skills.

​The site is now live and can be found here and by clicking the become a lecturer logo above. It includes introductory information about the various roles in FE and a set of industry sector based videos created with the help of existing teaching staff across the region.

If you want to make the jump to teaching in FE, either in a full or part time capacity, or indeed whilst still working in your industry employment check out the new site now where you’ll also find useful links to the college and provider vacancy pages in your area!

Bursary Opportunities – Stage 2, Level 3 teaching qualifications

Delivering Skills for the Future – funded by HM Government and South East Local Enterprise Partnership

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Skills Advisory Group has been awarded LEP funding through its ‘Sector Support Fund’ to tackle tutor, teacher and trainer shortages called ‘Delivering Skills for the Future’.

FE Sussex will be working in partnership with the Sussex Council of Training Providers, Kent Further Education, Kent Association of Training Organisations, the Essex Provider Network and the Federation of Essex Colleges.

There will be bursary opportunities for staff working within post 16 colleges and independent training provider who are looking to undertake, within the academic year of 2019/20, a Level 3 teaching qualification, a Cert Ed or PGCE.

The overall object of the project is to attract and retain teaching staff in post-16 education and training by removing the need for staff to pay their own training costs.  Match funding per member of staff is required.

Details of grants available are as follows:

  • Bursaries will only be awarded to those teaching in skill areas which have been designated a priority for development (see application form)
  • Bursaries must be used to pay the programme/tuition costs of a new member of staff undertaking a Level 3 teaching qualification, Cert Ed or PGCE thus avoiding the need for that member of staff having to take out an Adult Loan to pay for those costs
  • Bursary grants are to be allocated across East Sussex, Essex and Kent
  • The maximum grant is worth up to £4,000
  • Colleges or ITPs taking up each grant on behalf of a specific member of staff must contribute the first £1,500 of match for a Level 4 qualification or 50% of the cost of a Level 3 qualification
  • Evidence will be required to demonstrate the actual cost and payment for, the teacher training programme

For an Information Flyer please click the following link: SELEP Bursary Information Flyer FINAL 17.12.19

For an Application Form please click the following link: SELEP Bursary Application Form FINAL 17.12.19

For a Bursary Flow Chart please click the following link: SELEP Bursary Application Flow chart FINAL 06.08.19

For any further details please email Tim Strickland on

Professional Exchange Networks 3 – Sussex/Surrey and Hampshire

The aims of PENs

Professional Exchange Networks (PENs) aim to bring together staff from similar disciplines, vocational areas or generic areas such as teaching and learning across a range of participating colleges.  The objective of these meetings are

  • To establish and further develop two-county wide professional exchange networks
  • To provide peer group CPD to staff
  • To deliver three cross-groups collaborative projects
  • the facilitation of peer to peer CPD between staff across colleges
  • to introduce and reinforce the use of Professional Standards
  • to position groups to become self-sustaining
  • to provide staff the opportunity to engage with external experts

PEN subject areas for 2019/20

  • Maths (Sussex) and English (Sussex)
  • Maths and English (Hants)
  • Quality Improvement
  • Safeguarding

The format of PEN meetings

We have found the optimum length of initial physical PEN meetings is two to three hours with a mixture of face to face and virtual meetings.  We are therefore aim to coordinate a series of professional exchange networks which commence activity by physical meetings and then meet both virtually and physically thereafter.

Meetings will be facilitated by FE Sussex but to enhance group ownership each group will be required to identify colleagues to lead on identified initiatives relevant to that professional exchange.

The aim of this project is to

  • establish and further develop two-county wide professional exchange networks
  • provide peer group CPD to participating staff
  • deliver three cross-groups collaborative projects
  • the facilitation of peer to peer CPD between staff across colleges
  • introduce and reinforce the use of Professional Standards
  • position groups to become self-sustaining
  • provide staff the opportunity to engage with external experts

The dates of PEN meetings

For details of all PEN meetings please visit

Conntact and activities between meetings

Members of PEN groups are expected to maintain contact with other group participants and contribute to the development needs of each other.  For example, an exchange of ideas relating to the use of certain learning resources or sign-posting to supporting videos.  Group members report back on these activities at meetings with colleagues.

The central theme projects

For the academic year 2019/20 there are a number of centrally themed projects which cross the boundaries of individual PEN groups.  These are

  • Changes to the new EIF
  • Improving teaching and learning
  • Improving maths and English

Further information

Please contact Tim Strickland

Curriculum Development for Panama 

FE Sussex is contracted to People First to assist them in writing curriculum and assessment material for a new vocational college which is being established in Panama.

The services we provide:

Services FE Sussex has provided for this long and complex project include:

  • An extremely good knowledge of the teaching of construction disciplines
  • Coordination of a team of specialist construction writers dispersed around England
  • Production of resources to a consistently high standard
  • Working to a prescribed format
  • Timely turnaround of work (including weekends and bank holidays)
  • Setting up and monitoring a process of quality control and editorial consistency
  • Creation of lesson plans, assessment material, assignments, practical exercises and learning resources
  • Time management and coordination of team members

Our areas of expertise

The project covers a wide range of areas of expertise found within the construction industry including

  • Masonry
  • Surveying
  • Building Information modelling
  • Building installation
  • Cost and estimation
  • Wet and dry finishing
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental education
  • Concrete technology
  • Asphalt technology
  • Site investigation
  • Technical reports

FE Sussex’s writing team has created over 80 subject profiles and their deeper content.  In addition, each of these subjects has required supporting material including associated lesson plans, assessment material and learning resources.

The delivery team:

To deliver the contract FE Sussex recruited and engaged a team of seven curriculum experts all of whom have many years’ experience of working in post-16 education colleges.  Alongside these, an experienced editor ensured standards and format of writing was consistent and a functional skills specialist covered the key skills requirements.

A final word:

Heading the project, Dr Tim Strickland, Consultant CEO of FE Sussex commented

“Working with People First has given us the opportunity to show the diverse range of projects that FE Sussex undertakes both as an organisation in its own right and on behalf of its member colleges.  We are very proud to be a contractor to this major international project and are delighted at the professionalism and commitment all parties have shown in delivering this large multi-agenda project”

For more information on our project services please contact

Support for New Governance – funded by the ETF

The purpose of this national project is to provide one free of charge day of consultancy (with paid follow-up if required) support to 200 principals of GFE, SFC and ACL colleges and CEOs of Independent Training Providers (ITPs).    The project is being managed on behalf of the ETF by Plumpton College and FE Sussex.  For more information please contact Tim Strickland on