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As a qualified school teacher you are already fully qualified to work in the Further Education and Training sector.  There is nothing to stop you applying for jobs as you find them. Although the job adverts may refer to other teaching qualifications (eg DET), your PGCE/QTS is fully recognised in the sector. Many teachers come into Further Education and Training from schools wishing to teach literacy, numeracy, ESOL and/or Special Educational Needs (SEN).  If so, you may wish to consider the subject specialist diplomas which relate to these fields.  These may be referred to in job adverts or at interview and a willingness to undertake these may be expected.

The Further Education and Training sector is extremely wide and new entrants may wish to familiarise themselves with the scope and nature of the component parts.  A document entitled orientation guidance was produced a few years back for exactly this purpose and whilst is may now be a little dated, it might provide a useful starting point if you are starting from scratch. You can request a copy from us: email or call us 0300 303 1877.

To find out more about teaching in the Further Education and Training sector, visit the Teach in Further education website.