Funding cuts puts pressure on FE staff

5 April 2017

The Education Workforce Council (EWC) has today (14:00 5th April 2017) launched its staff survey report undertaken on behalf of the Welsh Government. The findings from a quantitative research undertaken between 31 October 2016 and 9 January 2017 outline the current experiences of registered education practitioners across all education sectors, working in Wales.

Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru said, “ColegauCymru welcomes EWC’s first national workforce survey which gives an honest account of the current experiences of people working across FE.”

The report highlighted the satisfaction FE staff feel from engaging day to day with learners and in equipping students for the challenges ahead. Through the survey, staff also acknowledged the need to keep abreast of both emerging teaching methods and to keep up to date with developments within industry and public services.

Mr Davies added, “Whilst there are many positives to be found and celebrated there is also cause for concern over the increasing workload pressures faced by staff and the impact this has had on the ability of staff to undertake professional development.

“The recent independent Wales Audit Office report highlights that there has been around a 12 per cent cut in teaching staff and this has clearly had an impact on workload. The Welsh Government must respond urgently and appropriately by ensuring fair funding for FE. Staff are overwhelmingly hard working and committed to their jobs and Welsh Government must match this level of commitment in their future funding settlements.”