RCU were commissioned by the ETF to produce a report following a workforce survey of the Work-Based Learning sector in England, based on findings from a study conducted in January and February by The Education and Training Foundation. This survey gathered workforce data on the academic year 2013/14 and the report builds on the findings from similar studies based on the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 academic years. In the report RCU have provided data and detailed analysis exploring learning provider and staff demographics and highlights yearly trends and changes across the workforce.
The report is based on responses from 186 Work-Based Learning organisations accounting for 12,428 staff working in the sector.
One of the key findings presented in the report identified that by far the most frequently cited subject areas with teaching staff recruitment difficulties were functional skills, mathematics/numeracy and English/literacy. The results are very similar to the previous workforce survey carried out in 2012/13. Around half of the respondents that reported difficulties obtaining teaching staff in these areas said recruitment was “very difficult”.