About KFE



Kent Further Education (KFE) champions the work of the region’s further education colleges across Kent & Medway. KFE promotes their role in developing and building a skilled and motivated workforce and a strong local economy.




A pro-active partnership of FE Colleges respected for their quality of provision, positive impact on learners, their communities and for their contribution to the economy.


In accordance with our mission, we act as a voice for the county’s Further Education sector, and its colleges, to ensure it delivers the skills and training required by students, employers and the community. Kent Further Education is at the heart of helping to deliver the Government’s ambitious targets, for 16-18 education and training, the technical skills agenda, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and adult training in the county.

Core Values

  • Openness and transparency

  • Pro-active positive collaboration

  • Mutual accountability and respect

  • Collectively supportive in furtherance of common goals 

  • Encouraging collaborative cultures

The Chair of KFE rotates between the Principals. The current Chair of KFE is Simon Cook. Network group Chairs are shown here.

The KFE Director is Mark Hill - Contact


Strategic Goals

KFE operates to an Annual Strategic Plan and an Operational Plan, which ensures its activities linked to the following Strategic Goals are advanced systematically and effectively. This includes KFE's advocacy and collaborative work, the functions of its various senior management network groups, awards sponsorship and skills competitions.

Strategic Goal 1

To ensure Kent FE is cohesively advocated and at the forefront of post-16 education & skills strategy, development and delivery in Kent, the SE Region and nationally for post 16 learners.

Strategic Goal 2

To act as a facilitator of quality improvement initiatives, allowing KFE colleges to selectively opt into such activity that they believe will aid the improvement of their college through such collaboration..

Strategic Goal 3

To collate and share information on KPIs, benchmarking, market intelligence and project 

opportunities across all KFE colleges, to take forward jointly or individually as deemed appropriate.


KFE Network Groups

KFE operates a number of key network groups. These are led by a Principal or designated senior leader from one of our colleges. The network groups are thematic in nature and support KFE's and each college's work through sharing of information, developments, good practice, external guest presentations and benchmarking data.


External speakers are a regular feature at our network meetings and we welcome any enquiries from partners and organisations wishing to highlight an initiative or raise a topic with KFE. Please use the contact form or email us if you wish to enquire about being a guest at one of our future meetings. Our current network groups are as follows:




Business Development & WBL




Strategic Safeguarding





  • Quality improvement

  • KPI sharing

  • Benchmarking

  • Good practice sharing

  • Leadership skills

  • Management skills

  • Curriculum planning

  • Staff development

  • Consultations

  • External speakers

  • KFE CPD conferences

  • Partnership work

  • KCC liaison

  • National changes

  • KFE Skills Competitions & World Skills

  • Business development work

  • KPI sharing

  • Benchmarking

  • Apprenticeships

  • Full-cost work

  • Provision improvement

  • Independent training providers (ITPs)

  • Employer engagement

  • HE apprenticeships

  • Consultations

  • External speakers

  • Partnership working

  • KCC Apprenticeships

  • FE financial management

  • Benchmarking

  • Business planning

  • External organisation liaison

  • Guest speakers

  • KCC liaison

  • Estates infrastructure

  • Capital work

  • ESFA funding

  • HEFCE funding

  • FE intervention

  • Sector developments

  • Banking and borrowings

  • Safeguarding

  • Prevent strategies

  • H&S developments

  • Campus security

  • Staff development

  • Consultations

  • External speakers

  • Initiatives

  • Partnership work

  • KCC liaison

  • Social Services liaison

  • Good practice sharing

  • Marketing & Comms

  • Recruitment strategy

  • KFE advocacy

  • Joint campaigns

  • Social media

  • Websites

  • Competition issues

  • FE profile raising

  • Joint events

  • External events

  • KCC partnership event planning

Chair: Graham Razey

Chair: Mark Hill

Chair: David Gleed

Chair: Mark Hill

Chair: Mark Hill


Contact KFE

KFE is administered and supported by www.rule5solutions.com as is this website. If you wish to contact Kent Further Education please complete the form below or email us directly via info@kentfurthereducation.org

Mark Hill

KFE Director

Email: kentfurthereducation.org

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