Successful Employer Engagement in FE Settings

This course explores what successful employer engagement looks like in practice in FE settings and offers suggestions for engaging with employers to create effective, long-lasting partnerships for the benefit of learners. This course is practical and interactive: it offers activities and recommendations to explore with colleagues in college, so delegates can develop a cohesive and holistic framework supporting impactful employer engagement in their organisation. 

Your Trainer – Sharon Townes


Sharon has extensive professional experience gained over twenty-four years working in both the further and secondary education sector as a teacher. She has held various Head of Curriculum Department roles for FE and HE including: English and maths, apprenticeships, STEM, 6th Form, Engineering, Electrical, Motor Vehicle, IT and Creative Industries as well as Head of Quality.  Sharon has also been a Governor and Trustee (in the further education and school sector) and college Vice Principal with a wide-ranging responsibility for all curriculum, quality, learner experience, innovation and enterprise. Sharon was a mature student while raising a young family and is a strong advocate of life-long learning and the transformational nature of education for all.  This commitment to education led her to co-establishing an alternative provision school for 13-16-year-old pupils in the East Midlands.  Sharon’s subsequent additional role as a school trustee contributed significantly to the school’s long- term future and success.  She has a far-reaching breadth and depth of skills, acumen, knowledge and understanding of the further education sector at an operational, strategic and governance level. This means her insight into, and experience of the tertiary sector is extensive and significant.  Sharon is now working independently in support of the tertiary sector in the East Midlands.   

What You Can Expect

This course is an on demand video course that you can watch at a pace to suit you. The content is delivered in bite sized videos that will take less than an hour to watch in total. Implementing the ideas will take longer of course!

Whilst the videos are designed to be watched as a series, you might choose to come back and dip in and out of particular modules to refresh your knowledge.

At the end of the course there is a short activity to help you reflect on what you’ve learned and consider how to take it forwards. It’s absolutely up to you whether you decide to do this, but many people who do tell us that it helps them to apply what they’ve learned to their current context and think clearly about what practical next steps they can take to have a positive impact with their new knowledge, understanding and skills.

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Course Includes

  • 11 Modules
  • Course Certificate