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Black Leadership Job Board: The Next Chapter

10 October 2023

On Thursday 5th October we ran, ‘Black Leadership Job Board: The Next Chatper’, where we were joined by Black Leadership Group co-founder, Robin Landman OBE, who discussed the benefits of the job board and the significance of maintaining a diverse staff. Clare Keniry, Board Director at Morgan Hunt, celebrated the successes of the job board thus far and offered a sneak preview of the new and improved platform coming January 2024.

We discussed

  • Sneak preview of the new and improved platform coming January 2024
  • Successes of the job board so far
  • Benefits of using the job board
  • The importance of fostering a diverse staff

 

Watch the full recording below

 

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The AI Revolution: Transforming the Public Sector

18 September 2023

On Thursday 14th September we ran, ‘The AI Revolution: Transforming the Public Sector’ , where our esteemed speakers delved into the profound transformation AI has brought to the public sector and what’s on the horizon.

We discussed:

  • Ethical concerns surrounding AI adoption in the public sector
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability in AI-powered initiatives
  • Unveiling the potential benefits of integrating AI in government operations
  • Understanding how AI can boost efficiency and effectiveness in public services
  • Identifying and implementing best practices for successful AI integration

 

Watch the full recording below

 

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How Your Industry Experience Can Shape a Career in FE

13 September 2023

As colleges head back this September for a new term, further education (FE) teaching jobs go unfilled. This is due to different reasons. For one, vocational education is becoming more important in the UK. The demand for skills-based knowledge, technical skills, and employability skills among employers has increased. More and more young people are also seeing the benefits of studying subjects such as technology and the career opportunities it opens nowadays.

There is a skills shortage for FE jobs in the UK, and this is coupled with the fact that many skilled trades and professions believe that specialist teaching qualifications and degrees in education are needed to teach at college.

Further education jobs in London and beyond do not always need teaching experience or certain academic qualifications. Courses such as bricklaying, engineering, mechanics, hairdressing, and plumbing need experienced, skilled workers to teach the next generation.

If you’re an industry professional or working in the trades, you may not have even considered FE teaching as a viable option for your next career move. These days, we talk about ‘portfolio careers’, and changing jobs is no longer a red flag; rather, it is an accepted norm in the wider employment market. So, if you have had enough of working in industry, now could be a great time to enter the FE sector.
 

On-the-job learning
Jobs in FE colleges now focus on how valuable years of hands-on experience are as opposed to holding set qualifications. Some further education teaching jobs have on-the-job training, and some further education teaching jobs come with funding to obtain teaching qualifications.
 

Now is a great time to embark on a FE career
The government has plans to bring 4,000 teachers into the FE sector by 2025. Moreover, they have also launched a £5 million scheme called the Taking Teaching Further programme, which will pay for up to 150 professionals from sectors such as engineering and computing to retrain as further education teachers.

In the UK today, the skills shortage is impacting FE colleges. There is a particular shortage of teachers in STEM subjects (science, technology, English, and Maths), as well as construction and engineering. The demand for talented people to work in further education has never been greater.

Besides industry-experienced teaching staff, vacancies for assessors for vocational subjects such as plumbing, electrical installation, bricklaying, and hairdressing continue to rise.

Jobs in further education make for a stable career move. With redundancies often taking place in the private sector, this is a real selling point in the post-COVID-19 world. If you’re tempted to move into further education the risk you are taking, is a safe one.
 

Your years in industry count, significantly
When you work in further education, you will still get to practise the trade you trained in and are passionate about. With an FE career, you will be safe in the knowledge that you are influencing and shaping the next generation of industry experts. Young people like you.

There are lots of rewards to teaching in FE including opportunities for creativity and innovation. It’s not uncommon to encounter students in further education who may have struggled within a school environment and will respond to a more innovative and individualised approach. Those who work in FE and come from an industry background tend to approach teaching with enthusiasm. This positive attitude assists students in applying their skills to real-life scenarios.
 

Finding FE jobs in the UK
According to data from the AoC, there are 277 colleges in the UK, including 232 colleges in England and 45 sixth-form colleges. FE vacancies can be found in:

  • Further Education colleges
  • Sixth-form colleges
  • Private educational providers

A reputable teaching agency, such as Morgan Hunt’s education recruitment division, can help you find these vacancies. Morgan Hunt has been a market leader in placing people in further education jobs in London since 2004.

Further education jobs are varied and FE job titles include:

  • Lecturer
  • Teacher
  • Trainer
  • Tutor
  • Technician
  •  Learning support assistant
  •  Student with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (SLDD) assistant
  •  Business support and operational roles
     

The joys of working in FE
An FE career is rewarding as you are playing a vital role in the education of young people looking to enhance their skills and knowledge.

One of the most attractive prospects about working in further education jobs is the chance for flexible work that isn’t available in other career paths. Many workers are disillusioned with the daily ‘9 to 5‘, limited holiday, and weekend work required by those working in industry sectors such as hairdressing or mechanics.
 

Benefits of moving into FE from industry

  • Flexibility: Teaching in further education is flexible. You can teach full-time, part-time, or even on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Learning and development (L&D): You may have the opportunity to work towards teaching qualifications or participate in specialist training
  • Supplement your retirement: If you’re taking early retirement or looking to semi-retire, working part-time as a teacher, assistant, or assessor can supplement your income and help with the cost-of-living crisis.
  • Salaries: Wages for all roles within the FE sector are competitive.
  • Benefits: Further education teaching jobs often offer attractive benefits, including good pension schemes, generous annual leave, and a good work-life balance.
  • Diversity and inclusion (D&I): FE colleges are hubs of diversity, bringing together staff and students from different backgrounds, ages, and cultures.
     

If you’re working in industry, you might not be aware of the generous annual leave entitlement that comes with FE. Although this is dependent on the type of role, most full-time FE jobs are entitled to around 38 days of holiday per year, plus bank holidays. This is higher than the standard 20 to 25-day allowance.

Morgan Hunt specialises in placing experienced individuals like yourself in a range of further FE jobs in London and the UK, from lecturing positions to support roles. If you're looking for jobs in further education, search for our FE vacancies here. With colleges having started back this September, now is the time to apply!

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Revolutionising Recruitment: The Impact of AI

21 July 2023

In an era defined by technological advancements, it comes as no surprise that artificial intelligence (AI) has made significant strides in transforming various industries. One such sector that has witnessed the impact of AI is recruitment, and the public sector is no exception.

As a public sector recruitment agency, we have closely observed the integration of AI into our processes, prompting us to delve into the realm of possibilities and contemplate its potential benefits and drawbacks. In this blog, we explore how AI could replace certain systems and discuss the pros and cons of employing this cutting-edge technology.

Replacing Traditional Systems with AI

  • Candidate Sourcing and Screening
    Traditionally, sourcing and screening candidates has been a time-consuming process that involves sifting through countless CVs and applications. With AI, however, automated systems can swiftly analyse CVs, extracting relevant information such as qualifications and experience. By leveraging AI, recruitment agencies can significantly reduce the time and effort required for candidate selection, thus improving overall efficiency.
  • Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
    Applicant Tracking Systems have long been an integral part of the recruitment process, helping manage CVs, track candidate progress, and streamline communication. AI-powered ATS platforms can take this a step further by using natural language processing algorithms to identify keywords, match candidates to job descriptions, and even predict the suitability of an applicant for a particular role. Such advancements eliminate human biases and ensure fair and accurate evaluations.
  • Interviewing and Assessment
    Conducting interviews and assessments is a crucial aspect of the recruitment process. AI has paved the way for video interviewing tools that employ facial and speech recognition algorithms to assess candidates. These systems can analyse facial expressions, tone of voice, and language patterns to gauge a candidate's suitability for a role. AI-powered assessment tools can also evaluate skills through gamified simulations or coding challenges, providing an objective and standardised evaluation.

Pros and Cons of AI in Recruitment

Pros

  • Enhanced Efficiency: AI streamlines and automates various aspects of recruitment, saving time and resources. This allows public sector recruitment companies to focus on more strategic and value-added tasks.
  • Improved Accuracy: AI eliminates human biases, ensuring fair evaluations based on merit and qualifications. This promotes diversity and inclusivity in the recruitment process.
  • Enhanced Candidate Experience: AI-driven systems can provide candidates with real-time updates, personalised recommendations, and valuable feedback, fostering a positive experience throughout the hiring journey.

Cons

  • Ethical Concerns: The use of AI in recruitment raises ethical considerations such as privacy, data security, and algorithmic biases. Recruitment agencies must navigate these challenges responsibly and ensure transparency in their processes.
  • Lack of Human Touch: While AI brings efficiency, it may lack the human touch and intuition that can be valuable in assessing certain soft skills or cultural fit. Maintaining a balance between AI and human involvement is crucial to provide a comprehensive evaluation.
  • Initial Investment and Training: Adopting AI technologies requires financial investment and staff training. Recruitment agencies need to carefully consider the cost-benefit ratio and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Potential Bias Reinforcement: While AI has the potential to eliminate human biases, it can also perpetuate bias in the recruitment process. AI algorithms are only as unbiased as the data used to train them, and any dataset may contain implicit or explicit biases. If the historical data used to train the AI systems reflects biases present in society, such as gender or racial biases, the algorithms may inadvertently reinforce those biases.

The Future of AI in Recruitment

Looking ahead, AI has the potential to revolutionise the recruitment landscape even further. Here are a few areas where future AI advancements could bring significant changes:

  • Predictive Analytics
    AI-powered algorithms can analyse vast amounts of data to predict future workforce needs, identify skill gaps, and make proactive hiring decisions. This can assist recruitment agencies in better workforce planning and talent management.
     
  • Chatbots and Virtual Assistants
    AI-driven chatbots and virtual assistants can streamline the initial stages of candidate engagement, providing instant responses to frequently asked questions, scheduling interviews, and even conducting preliminary assessments. This can enhance the candidate experience and free up human resources for more complex tasks.
     
  • Skill Development and Training
    AI-powered platforms can identify skill deficiencies among existing employees and recommend personalised training programs. This proactive approach can help public sector organisations nurture talent from within and bridge skill gaps effectively.

AI has undoubtedly revolutionised the recruitment landscape, offering public sector recruitment companies a range of benefits. By automating processes, streamlining candidate selection, and improving accuracy, AI systems can significantly enhance efficiency and fairness in the recruitment process. However, it is essential to approach AI implementation with caution, addressing ethical concerns and striking a balance between technology and human involvement.

As the future unfolds, the integration of AI in recruitment will continue to evolve, shaping the ability to attract the best talent while upholding its core values of transparency and fairness. We are committed to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the recruitment industry. If you're looking for an efficient, inclusive, and forward-thinking recruitment partner, contact us today at [email protected]

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Jobs in Further Education (FE) and the Benefits of Working in FE

14 July 2023

Each year, 1.7 million students go to college in England to develop their careers, progress to university, engage in further education and increase their employability skills.

In a post-COVID-19 pandemic world, there is wider economic importance of FE in raising skills levels and providing opportunities for young people, particularly through T-Levels and apprenticeships. As a result, there are a growing number of FE vacancies available in colleges across the UK.

With September two months away, colleges are getting ready for the next academic year. And having the right staff in place, from college lecturers to administrators, is key. Jobs in FE colleges are diverse and include a range of roles, from teachers and learning support staff to careers advisers and student services workers.

Further education is a rewarding sector to work in. Not only do you get to make a difference in the lives of young people, but you also get to be part of a dynamic and evolving sector.

The sector has struggled to attract staff. One reason for this is that many people think they need set qualifications, sector experience, or a trained teacher to work in FE. This is not the case. Read on to learn more about jobs in further education and discover the benefits of working in this growing sector.
 

About further education
According to data from the AoC, there are 277 colleges in the UK, including 232 colleges in England and 45 sixth-form colleges. FE courses include A-levels, BTECs (Business and Technology Education Council), and T-levels.

Some colleges also run undergraduate programmes. According to the AoC's College Key Facts 2021/22 report, colleges deliver:

  • 84% of Higher National Certificates (HNCs) (at Level 4 - equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education),
  • 66% of Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)
  • 67% of foundation degrees (both at Level 5 - equivalent to two-thirds of a bachelor's degree).

These post-secondary school qualifications are delivered by FE, sixth form, and specialist colleges that aim to provide top-quality academic, technical, and professional education and training for both young people and adults. With apprenticeships increasing in popularity, colleges train around 1,100 apprentices

Public service teaching jobs
Teaching is considered one of the most respected careers in the UK. According to a Teach First poll, 42% of those surveyed voted this way, with around half (47%) agreeing that people underestimate how much impact a teacher can have on a young person.

There is a demand for teachers in the further education sector in the UK, with opportunities available for those interested in pursuing a career in this field. High numbers of teachers within FE are needed to deliver work-relevant skills training. One key area that continues to struggle to attract new candidates is vocational education, where both teachers and assessors remain scarce commodities.

There is a global teacher shortage, and talent is hard to find, particularly in specialist subjects. The UK government is recognising that further education teaching jobs need to be filled by seeking suppliers to bring 4,000 teachers into the FE sector by 2025, as part of an expansion to a major recruitment scheme. This is one reason for the increase in public service teaching jobs.
 

No experience in FE? Not always a problem!
College lecturer jobs do not always require teaching experience or certain academic qualifications. Some further education teaching jobs have on-the-job training, and some FE vacancies come with possible funding to achieve teaching qualifications.

Courses such as bricklaying, engineering, and plumbing need experienced, skilled workers to teach the next generation. More colleges now focus on how valuable years of hands-on experience are as opposed to holding set qualifications.

When it comes to recruiting FE lecturers for STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) and assessors for vocational subjects such as Plumbing, Electrical Installation, bricklaying, and Hairdressing, vacancies continue to rise. At Morgan Hunt Recruitment, we have seen an increase in jobs in these areas in recent years.

Nowadays, we talk about ‘portfolio careers’, and changing jobs is no longer a red flag; rather, it is an accepted norm in the wider employment market. So, if you have had enough of working in industry, now could be a great time to enter the college sector.

The UK government has launched a £5 million scheme called the Taking Teaching Further programme, which will pay for up to 150 professionals from sectors such as engineering and computing to retrain as further education teachers.
 

The joys of teaching in further education teaching
If you take a FE lecturer job, you will still get to practise the trade you trained in and are passionate about. With a FE career, you will be safe in the knowledge that you are influencing and shaping the next generation of industry experts.

The rewards of teaching in FE are plenty, and there is an opportunity for creativity and innovation. FE learners may have struggled within a school learning environment and will respond to a more innovative and personalised approach. The FE environment demands that FE lecturers approach teaching with enthusiasm and a positive attitude and assist students to apply their skills to real-life scenarios.
 

Flexible working
One of the most attractive prospects about working as a FE teacher is the opportunity for flexible working, which isn’t available in most other career paths. Many workers are disillusioned with the 9-to-5, limited holiday time, and weekend work required by those working in hairdressing or mechanics. Although FE workloads are demanding, teachers and assessors can often choose between working full-time, part-time, in the evenings, or even on a casual, hourly basis. This leaves significant scope for flexibility in working hours.

 

What are the benefits of working within FE?

Job security and stability
One of the significant advantages of pursuing public service teaching jobs in FE is the stability and security that aren’t seen in other industries. A teaching career offers job security and is one of the most recession-proof jobs, according to CNBC News.

FE provides a stable career in a post-pandemic world. Once you've landed a job in FE, you can feel confident that you'll have a stable career. With an emphasis on continuous learning and professional development, FE colleges provide plenty of opportunities.

Jobs in the public sector, including public service teaching jobs, are known for their job security. This means that while other jobs are being replaced by technology or robotics, there will always be a need for teachers.
 

Salaries, benefits, and annual leave
Salaries for all roles within the FE sector are competitive. Public service education jobs often offer attractive benefits such as:

  • Good pension schemes
  • Generous leave entitlements
  • A healthy work-life balance

Those working outside of the education sector are not aware of the generous annual leave entitlement that comes with FE. Although this is dependent on the type of role, most are entitled to around 38 days of holiday per year, plus bank holidays. This is higher than the basic 20 to 25-day standard allowance.
 

Making a Meaningful Impact
Working in FE means playing a vital role in the education of young people seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge. Whether you're a lecturer, tutor, support staff, or administrator, you have the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and transform lives. Everyone working within the further education sector has a role to play in empowering learners to achieve their aspirations and make an impact on society.
 

Diversity and inclusion
FE colleges are hubs of diversity, bringing together people from different backgrounds, ages, and cultures. For those teaching in the sector, you will be working with a diverse range of students, each with their unique needs and aspirations. This dynamic and inclusive learning atmosphere enables you to enhance your teaching skills and broaden your perspectives.
 

Flexibility
FE careers offer flexibility in working hours and locations. With part-time, full-time, and flexible contract options, you can find a role that suits your circumstances while still making an impact in the field of education.
 

Professional Development and Career Progression
FE colleges are dedicated to continuous professional development for their staff. FE institutions encourage and provide resources for training, development and learning, helping you stay up-to-date with the latest teaching and industry trends. Whether you aspire to head of a department, progress to leadership roles, or specialise in an area, FE colleges have clear pathways for career advancement, ensuring you grow and develop your skills.
 

Variety of FE Vacancies 
Public sector education jobs offer a plethora of opportunities. FE colleges have different departments and subjects, catering to diverse vocational and academic disciplines. Whether you're passionate about engineering, healthcare, the creative arts, business, or any other field, you are likely to find a niche within a FE college that aligns with your knowledge, skills, and experience.

 

There are great reasons to work in further education. With an increasing demand for skilled professionals in public sector education, pursuing a role at a FE college is fulfilling. Jobs in FE colleges are a fantastic career choice for anyone interested in making a difference.

If you are passionate about education, committed to lifelong learning, and eager to contribute to the personal growth of others, exploring further education and public sector education jobs could be your pathway to a new career.

With plenty of jobs in further education, jobs in FE colleges, and FE vacancies available, now is a great time to consider a career in education. As a leading agency in public service teaching jobs, the Morgan Hunt education team can help you find the right public service teaching job. If you're looking for jobs in further education, search for our FE vacancies here. With many FE vacancies starting in September, now is the time to apply!

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From Addict to Advocate: A Personal Story

29 June 2023

On Wednesday 28th June we ran, ‘From Addict to Advocate: A Personal Story’ , where Aaron Abbott, Business Manager at Morgan Hunt, shared his story from gambling addiction to setting up a social enterprise education young people on the dangers of gambling.

We discuss:

  • Aaron’s background and what triggered his gambling addiction
  • The impact of addiction on mental health
  • Coping tips and strategies for gambling addiction
  • The roles of parents and employers in addressing and preventing gambling addiction
  • Steps society must take to tackle this issue

 

Watch the full recording below

 

Further Gambling Information

Signs of Problem Gambling

  • Borrowing money to gamble of pay off debts
  • Unpaid bills and debt
  • Unexplained absences from work or social occasions
  • Being secretive about gambling habits
  • Lying to conceal the extent of gambling
  • Swings in mood or behaviour
  • Preoccupied with gambling and unable to stop
  • Spend increased time gambling online or in-store
  • Bragging about gambling – highlighting wins, not discussing losses
  • Losing interest in past times and hobbies
  • Gambling stake increases
  • Chasing losses

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