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Tutor Shortages in the South East – Solutions based research

Tutor Shortages in the South East – Solutions based research

The South East LEP, on behalf of its established forums, such as the Skills Advisory Panel, Skills Working Group and Major Projects Skills Group, has agreed to lead a piece of work to articulate the significant challenge facing colleges and providers in the South East, in recruiting and retaining quality tutors, particularly in technical subjects.

The primary aim of this work is to develop collective solutions that we can put forward to Government and/or other partners, for piloting, so that we can work towards a more successful and sustainable model of recruitment and retention of tutors in further education. Please see the proposed timeline of activity.

Whilst we believe the outputs of this will have application to challenges faced in other roles in further education, aligning to the needs of our major projects and existing shortages, this work will focus on subjects that fall within the construction and engineering sectors. The report conducted by Mace in 2021 provided an indication of the roles that will be in most demand and, as such, the future challenges that will be faced if we are unable to address this bottle neck issue.

This is a collaborative piece of work, and, as a starting point, we need to collate information from the sector to inform the solutions focused discussions. We would therefore be very grateful if providers in the SELEP areas would respond to a call for evidence.  

The survey can be found here and has a deadline of 28th March 2023.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss this work, please contact Helen Russell or Louise Aitken, details below.


Proposed Timeline of Activity

-	w/c 20th March – Commence desk research and issue call for evidence
-	w/c 3rd April - Share draft findings and finalise dates and format of workshops
-	w/c 10th April – Planning for stakeholder solutions workshops
-	w/c 17th April – Solutions focused workshops held
-	w/c 24th April – Workshops outcomes and report drafting
-	w/c 8th May – Share draft with key stakeholders
-	End of May – Finalise and publish report