Tackling tutor recruitment and retention challenges

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Many providers are facing challenges to recruit and retain staff to deliver AAT courses and apprenticeships. The AoC report, ‘College Staffing Challenges in 2022’, highlighted that there were 6,000+ total job vacancies in England’s colleges – the highest in over twenty years.

In a recent survey of 4,252 teachers, trainers, support staff and managers by the Education and Training Foundation, 19% of respondents cited recruitment challenges, and 10% time pressure, as their main concerns. 23% of respondents also expressed frustration at the amount of paperwork as well as poor administrative systems. Through our experience of working with over 65 college partners, we have seen several tutors leave the profession in recent months for a variety of reasons, including switching to an employer that delivers more flexibility which suits their lifestyle.

Using intuitive technology to relieve the pressure of many aspects of a tutors role will have a positive impact on staff retention. On top of this, high-quality blended learning solutions can enable providers to focus tutor time to where they can make a real difference to learners, rather than having to deliver every element of teaching, learning and assessment by themselves. This change to a blended format can make it the ideal solution for colleges who are experiencing staff shortages or who wish to transfer valuable teaching hours to other subject areas.

Giving tutors the time to focus on the learner

Mindful Education’s blended learning courses and apprenticeships make it easier for colleges and training providers to deliver AAT qualifications by providing staff with flexibility and freeing up their time.

With an Online and On Campus course or apprenticeship, learners study high-quality online learning materials based on video lessons, with questions to check their understanding of every concept. They also meet regularly with a college tutor who guides them through the course.

This approach allows tutors to support their learners in unlocking more challenging subject areas, and spending more time working on exercises that are better suited for face-to-face class delivery rather than online.

Samantha Carnegie, Course Leader for Accounting and AAT Provision at Westminster Adult Education Service said “It makes my life a lot easier, it allows me to do what I enjoy and that’s working with the learners.”

In 2022, over 3,000 of our learners completed more than 2.5 million questions on our platforms, all of which had correct and incorrect feedback to help at the point of learning. Data from each cohort is available to tutors to access on demand, or via a regular weekly report. This allows them to see how and where learners are progressing, and enables them to plan their on campus sessions to match the needs of that particular cohort, or even for individual learners within the class.

Eve Jones, AAT Lecturer at BMet said “Instead of standing there talking to the students, Mindful Education  is doing that with the videos, and when you come in [to class] you are doing more active learning. So we are not tutors anymore, we are facilitators. The advantage is you have less time teaching, and more time working together.”

Two years ago we moved to an unlimited tutor support model and also launched bespoke tutor training sessions on our VLEs for our partner tutors. We aim to continue to enhance our tutor support, indeed last month we launched our Partner Hub, which is a new platform encompassing all of our extended tutor support in one place.

Working in partnership with hundreds of training providers, colleges and employers, Mindful Education’s compelling mix of academic, technical and creative expertise brings learning to life. We’re working closely with AAT to raise awareness of teaching career opportunities within further education and skills, by highlighting the benefits a teaching career can bring.

Kelly Warrick, Head of Accounting Delivery at Mindful Education said ‘We know how hard AAT tutors work to help their students and ensure that they thrive throughout their studies, so we are always looking at new and better ways that we can support them’.

Please get in touch to find out more about how we can support your team to deliver AAT qualifications.

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