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KFE Loving Colleges Week

October 14, 2019

It's colleges week from 14th October 2019! KFE colleges are all active this week in various ways, celebrating the work of the sector and importantly the impact on the thousands of learners and employers Kent and Medway's colleges deliver vocational and technical skills training to every year.

KFE has updated its home page to show several of the impacts we know our colleges make on the county and our region. In the end there's nothing greater than seeing first hand the meaningful difference FE colleges make every day to people's lives and futures.

 

If you haven't already go to your local college to realise your education and training goals, or even to make a change in your career by becoming an educator or support staff member in a further education college...

Inaugural Apprentice Graduation Success

October 07, 2019

KFE is delighted to have been part of the hugely successful Kent and Medway inaugural apprentice graduation ceremony, held at Rochester Cathedral on 4th October 2019. Over 100 graduates across dozens of apprenticeship specialisms and from levels 2 to 5 attended the prestige event, witnessed by over 400 family members and employers.

The event was compered by Nicola Everett (KMTV and KMFM) and Paul Andrews (entrepreneur and business radio presenter), with speakers including David Ward (CEO Ward Securities) and local MP and Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst. 

The event was supported and organised by a core group of representative organisations including the FSB, KATO, KCC and The Education People, Medway Council and the Leigh Academies Trust as well as Paul Winter from the Wire Belt Company and of course KFE.

The first of its kind in Kent and Medway the event was a huge success with so many apprentices and parents evidently and rightly very proud of the achievements made and recognised in an appropriate way on the day. Graduation ceremonies are normally the preserve of university graduates, but apprenticeships at all levels including at higher education levels, are being promoted as an excellent route into work and careers underpinned by knowledge and competence based learning and on and off the job training - and all whilst getting some income!

KFE colleges are proud to be collectively the largest providers of apprenticeships, delivering training to over 2,000 apprentices each year in Kent and Medway, with each college working closely with hundreds of employers to meet their needs whether through use of Apprenticeship Levy funding for employers with a £3m+ paybill, or direct ESFA funding for smaller employers. To find out more about KFE colleges' apprenticeships visit their sites via the links on the Our Colleges page.

KFE Colleges' Open Days

August 19, 2019

With all our colleges gearing up for the start of a new academic year, we've published the open day and other useful dates for all of our colleges for the 2019/20 academic year. Many of these dates will be for those considering entering and starting a college study programme or other course in 2020 or 2020/21.

Despite this it's not too late to seek open enrolment opportunities at many of our colleges for this academic year.

Check out the dates via the button below and get in touch with your local college of choice to check finalised times and your future options!

KFE Set to Benefit from Teacher Training Bursary Funding

August 06, 2019

KFE's colleges have successfully accessed additional funding to support teacher training places, through SE Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) funded bursaries. The initiative is formally called SELEP Delivering skills of the Future through teaching - Teaching for Growth Project.

Working with FE Sussex and the Federation of Essex Colleges the three counties are to receive funding for approximately 35 bursaries of up to £4,000. To access this funding the colleges must co-finance the training for Cert-Ed and PGCE level training through a £1,500 contribution per new teacher trainee. 

The project is being co-ordinated by FE Sussex on behalf of the three counties and KFE is part of the project's steering group with the FES, FEDEC and the Independent Training Provider representative organisations in Kent and Sussex. The funding has been allocated as part of a strategy to support recruitment into FE teaching roles, especially in hard to fill industry sectors.

 

Recruitment is a major challenge in the FE sector. Therefore, an additional aspect of the project will be the creation of promotional videos for each county and an overall professional standard video which will aim to support future recruitment by demonstrating the benefits of working in further education.

 

To find out more click the button below which will link to the FE Sussex site page that includes the Project Flyer, Bursary Application Form and Bursary Process Flow Chart...

K&M Apprenticeships Graduation Gains Pace with KFE

August 06, 2019

KFE is one of a number of partners promoting and supporting the inaugural Kent & Medway Apprenticeships Graduation event, to be held on 4th October at Rochester Cathedral. KFE colleges have already started encouraging nominations from their employer networks and it is hoped that the colleges will demonstrate a strong presence at the event given the huge contribution to apprenticeships made by each of the county's colleges.

As well as providing sponsorship support KFE is proud to be giving extra support this year in terms of logo design and the event's programme design (thank you to the team at EKC Group). We hope that for 2020 this could become a project brief stemming from our very own KFE Skills Competition winners, which would reinforce the contribution made by FE students and apprentices to the vibrancy of our local community!

 

Check out the latest press release via the button below...if you meet the criteria for this year's event and haven't nominated yet, then act fast as there will be 200 graduates attending for this first year! 

KFE4Skills 2020 Confirmed for Mid Kent

July 09, 2019

KFE is delighted to announce that it will be supporting its highly successful KFE4Skills Industry Competition event once again as a major single day skills and talent fest! 

Following on from Canterbury College's excellent hosting of the 2019 event back in March, KFE4Skills 2020 will be held at Mid Kent College's Medway Campus site. The date for the diary is Wednesday 4th March 2020!

The 2020 event is expected to be bigger still with more industry categories and several reworked competition specs linked to real post event opportunities as well as setting up finalists with critical experience for World Skills UK Regional Heats during the spring and summer and National Finals in November 2020.

With over 25 industry categories providing the widest ranging single day skills competition in the South East and more than 200 student finalists taking part on the day, KFE is confident that it can deliver another success for Kent's FE college students! Keep up with #KFE4Skills20 announcements via our Twitter feed @kentfurthered and on our site's dedicated Skills Competition Page.

KFE Supports Kent's First Apprentice Graduation Event

June 03, 2019

KFE is delighted to confirm that it is one of the key partners supporting Kent's first ever Apprentice Graduation event, which will take place on 4th October 2019 at the Rochester Cathedral.

The Graduation will combine a VIP business reception organised by the FSB with the formal graduation later in the afternoon. The graduation will be a full-scale event similar to a traditional university degree ceremony. It will give Kent's apprentices and employers the chance to show the real value of apprenticeships to the individuals undertaking them, to the businesses that benefit from them and to the local economy. 

All of Kent's FE colleges offer a comprehensive range of apprenticeships and indeed employ many apprentices in a wide range of roles from essential administrative and technical posts, through to those on leadership and management apprenticeships. 

To read the joint partner's press release which contains all the links for employers and apprentices wishing to participate, please click the 'press release' button below. To read the KM On-line feature on the event click on the photo of the Cathedral's magnificent interior. Click to be directed to the nomination portal on KATO's site.

Kent & Medway's FE College Teachers Win at KTAs 2019!

May 12, 2019

Friday 10th May saw a fabulous celebration of Kent's award winning teachers at the Kent Teachers Awards 2019. The event was held at the Ashford International Hotel and for the second year featured FE college winners from across Kent and Medway's colleges. All four KFE colleges enjoyed wins this year across a range of categories.

There were a total of 76 FE nominations this year and overall the quality of nominations was high. The college area winners were: Canterbury - Ruth Anderson HE Teacher of the Year (EKC Group Canterbury College); Dartford & Gravesham - Lucy Flack FE Technical Vocational Teacher of the Year (North Kent College); Dover - Daniel Ridge FE Apprenticeship Assessor of the Year (EKC Group Dover Technical College); Maidstone & Malling - Ellie Bentley FE Technical Vocational Teacher of the Year (Mid Kent College); West Kent - Anthony Stockwell FE Apprenticeship Assessor of the Year (Hadlow College Group) and Sancha de Búrca HE Teacher of the Year (Hadlow College Group).

Lucy Flack, Anthony Stockwell and Sancha de Búrca also won the overall Kent Teacher of the Year Awards in their categories! Winners received their awards from Olympian Jack Green. KFE wishes congratulations to all our nominees and finalist winners. A link to the event gallery is at the button below and the event video can be found via clicking on the photo. The news item picture features Lucy Flack and Rhiannon Hughes of North Kent College clearly happy with the win for their college with Jack Green. Click here for the event digital booklet which explains why each winner received their awards.

KMTV Video Hits the Mark & KFE4Skills 2020 at MKC

April 17, 2019

We've just completed the evaluation of our KFE4Skills Competition and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from student participants and staff involved alike! Thank you all for competing or helping with KFE4Skills 2019...we have to give a special mention too to our student ambassadors on the day from Canterbury College and all the models that came from each college for some of the industry competitions.

You will be delighted to know that KFE has agreed to run the competition again in 2020 and this time it will take place at Mid Kent College's Medway campus. We'll update you all later this year but for now if you have not seen it, take a look at the event video made by and aired on KMTV. This is a great video which captures a great deal of the essence of the day and shows what can be done when colleges collaborate to the benefit of their students!

 

Finally, good luck to all those that are now progressing to World Skills Regional Heats! 

KFE4Skills Live 2019 - 26 Competitions 134 Medals!

March 08, 2019

KFE4Skills Live 2019 was a great success! KFE thanks all the colleges, competitors, staff, our sponsor City & Guilds and media partner KM Media Group for making the county's first single day, multi-industry inter-college skills competition a fantastic day.

Nearly 200 students took part in 26 industry competitions which led to 84 competition category medals and 134 individual medals being awarded to students from all four college groups in Kent and Medway.

An especial thanks goes to our event host Canterbury College and to their staff and students that helped with the organisation on the day.

The summary medal tables are now available on our skills competitions page. Photos and videos and the full named medal list will be published w/e 15th March. For the KFE4Skills evaluation click here or the medals picture above.

Finally - congratulations to all our amazing FE college students that were finalists and medalists who clearly showed that Kent Further Education is 100% for skills!

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KFE TLA 19 Conference Success

March 01, 2019

KFE's second major teaching, learning and assessment conference took place on 15th February 2019. TLAC19 was hosted by Mid Kent College at their Maidstone campus. 

One-hundred and sixty staff attended and enjoyed an introduction to the impacts made by KFE and Kent's FE colleges by Mid Kent College Principal Simon Cook. This was followed by a fantastic key note by Matt Bromley. This energised the academic staff audience before they went onto industry sector networking sessions.

The afternoon comprised 7 workshop themes delivered over 2 repeat sessions to enable staff to enjoy as wide a choice as possible of topics. These ranged from sessions on digital skills, engaging higher and lower level learners, Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment, supported experiments, effective target setting, integrating competition into the curriculum by WSUK and routes to careers by local business woman and award winning entrepreneur Becky Simms of Reflect Digital.

A special resources page has been added to the KFE site which includes the slide packs from the conference and an evaluation of the event which closes on 18th March 2019.

KFE would like to thank the host college Mid Kent College and its staff for helping stage a great day for our county's FE staff, and special thanks to all our workshop session leaders and keynote Matt Bromley of Bromley Education.

KFE4Skills Gimme a Medal

February 07, 2019

It's just one month to KFE4Skills Live 2019! We're pleased to preview the industry competition medals which will be awarded on the day to the top three competitors in each of the 20+ industry categories.

Each college's lead staff need to register their KFE4Skills competition students now! The deadline for registrations is 18th February so don't let your students get left out! 

All the info you need to register is on the competitions page at www.kentfurthereducation.org and just to confirm all competitors must arrive for sign-in at Canterbury College between 8:45 - 9:15am. All competitions start at 9:30am and all competitions and awards will be completed by 5pm.

#KFE4Skills Live 2019 Registration Open

January 17, 2019

Registration is now open for KFE's major skills competition KFE4Skills Live which is taking place on 6th March and will be hosted in 2019 at Canterbury College. Over 200 students from all four of Kent and Medway's FE colleges will engage in 24 industry based skills competitions. KFE4Skills Live builds on the partnership's successful separate industry competitions and is intended to provide greater impact, wider student and curriculum area engagement and increased successful progression to World Skills UK regional heats and the national finals held in November.

 

The event will be supported by a number of industry judges drawn from a range of employers, agencies and sectors. The key partner is City & Guilds and KM Media Group is the event Media Partner. Registration closes on 18th February 2019 so don't miss out. Qualifying students are to be registered by their college leads.

KFE TLAC 2 Planned for 15th Feb 2019

January 03, 2019

KFE will host its second Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference (TLAC 2) on 15th February 2019 at Mid Kent College's Maidstone Campus. KFE held its first TLA Conference in 2017. It proved very popular and given all the developments in the sector and especially across the KFE member colleges since then, the KFE Curriculum and Quality Network (CQN) and KFE Principals' Group resolved to hold a second event.

This will be open to approximately 50 delegates per college group. A draft programme is already prepared including a keynote and an afternoon of workshop sessions focusing on topics including lessons learnt from observations, digital skills development, effective apprenticeship EPA, integrating competitions into the curriculum, introducing supported experiments and target setting for maths. There will also be dedicated time for sector networking for delegates keen to share their experiences and good practice with colleagues across the Kent & Medway College network.

The programme will shortly be published on this site along with registration instructions. So watch this space for TALC 2! Don't miss your opportunity to be part of KFE's 2019 activities...

Kent Teachers' Awards...Nominations Open for 2019!

January 02, 2019

Following a very successful Kent Further Education debut in the Kent Teachers' Awards last year, we are again celebrating expertise and dedication in our Kent and Medway FE Colleges in 2019! Nominations are open now and close on 1st March 2019...

 

The categories are again:

- FE College Apprenticeship Assessor of the Year

- FE College HE Teacher of the Year

- FE College Technical / Vocational Teacher of the Year

The search is now on for stars from all of our KFE colleges. We are looking for nominations for teachers and assessors who make a real difference to the success of your college. Nominations can be made by students, parents, businesses and staff. We actively encourage peer to peer nominations - so why not nominate a colleague today!

All KTA winners will be invited to the awards dinner at the Ashford International Hotel on 10th May 2019. They will also receive recognition in KM Group newspapers and at KentOnline. 

The FE KTAs will also recognise exceptional FE teachers and assessors by District areas and there is even potential to be picked as one of Kent's best overall teachers across both the FE and the school sector. 

Successful nominations will be judged in March by a wide and independent panel of experts, so get nominating now to ensure our FE stars shine on the night! Nominating is easy and can be undertaken via the button link below or directly at the KTA's website nomination portal at www.kentteacheroftheyear.co.uk - where you'll find links to the FE categories on the nominations page.

From all at KFE...Good Luck for 2019!

Mid Kent College - Ofsted Good

December 06, 2018

KFE is delighted to report that Mid Kent College has been rated as 'Good' by Ofsted. The College was inspected in November and has improved its overall grade since its last inspection 2 years ago.

To find out more the Ofsted Report has now been published and is on-line on the Ofsted site.

Congratulations to all the staff at Mid Kent College in what is very positive news for the individuals, communities and businesses served by the College through its Maidstone and Medway Campuses.

Winter's Coming...KFE College Open Days - Live

December 06, 2018

Winter might be coming, but all KFE colleges are now busy with open days for the 2019 academic year. However, some are also recruiting January starts for some programme options, whilst apprenticeships can start at various points in the year!

To find out more click the button below to go to the KFE site's Our Colleges page where links to all our partner colleges can be found.

Colleges Week is Live #LoveOurColleges

October 15, 2018

This week is the Love Our Colleges campaign week, which is an opportunity to highlight the brilliant work that goes on in colleges, and the brilliant staff that make it all possible. It is also the sector's opportunity to call on government for better investment in colleges, and fair pay for college staff.

Colleges and college staff transform lives – they help people make the most of their talents and ambitions and drive social mobility; they help businesses improve productivity and drive economic growth; they are rooted in and committed to their communities and drive tolerance and well-being. They are an essential part of England’s education system – educating and training 2.2 million people every year.

 

Follow the link below for more information at the Association of College's campaign site page and even sign-up to the petition for fairer funding for FE colleges...If you tweet then don't forget #LoveOurColleges...!

EKCG & KFE Add Up Nicely

October 03, 2018

Great news as East Kent Colleges Group (EKC Group) is announced as one of the twenty-one colleges to gain additional funding as a Maths Centre of Excellence. EKC Group will now be able to receive a share of the £40m set aside for the initiative over the next five years, which aims to test and share new ways to teach students who are re-sitting their maths GCSEs.

EKC Group gained support for its application from all of the KFE Colleges. As a partnership KFE actively seeks and shares good practice in teaching, learning and assessment, undertakes joint observations and operates a pro-active Curriculum & Quality Network (CQN). The CQN will provide a vehicle for EKC Group to disseminate its work as a Maths Centre of Excellence, with the aim of improving developments, practice and outcomes in maths across Kent and Medway's FE colleges more widely. 

KFE Back in the KTA's for 2019

September 17, 2018

Kent Further Education is pleased to confirm that it will support and be part of the Kent Teachers' Awards (KTAs) in 2019! KFE's first year of participation in 2017/18 was a great success with a huge number of entrants from across all KFE colleges. The judging round held in March culminated in the awards night on 18 May at which staff from across Kent and Medway's colleges not only secured wins in the three FE College specific awards, but also in 8 other award categories! 

The event launch publicity will take place later in the autumn with KFE confirming which categories will again be FE specific for 2019. KFE Director Mark Hill said, "After the surprising interest from our FE teaching staff and the extraordinary successes at the Awards event itself, we fully expect even more entrants this year and for the quality of entries to be even higher for 2019. It's a great honour for any staff member to be nominated by their peers or students and we are confident that those that win an award will feel very proud indeed of the recognition they deserve."

KFE Set for Busy 2018/19

August 09, 2018

KFE is getting ready for a very busy 2018/19 academic year. In 2017/18 we implemented our new strategic plan, enhanced our network groups, ran multiple skills competitions, launched a new website and got active with a new social media feed.

Linked to our plan objectives in 2018/19 we will be engaging in at least three major events including; a Teaching, Learning and Assessment practitioners' conference planned for February 2019; a major Skills Competition event 'KFE 4Skills Live' on 6th March 2019; and we are delighted to confirm that we will again be supporting the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards in May 2019! 

Keep up to date via our website news feed and via our Twitter feed @kentfurthered 

Kent & Medway's FE Students Deliver in KFE Skills Competitions 2017/18

July 08, 2018

KFE Skills Competitions have been central to the Kent colleges' collaborative agenda for many years and 2017/18 provided one of the best years ever. This year we saw 185 students from across all the colleges compete in industry skills competitions hosted at various county college sites. These included: Built Environment, Plumbing, Auto Tech, Media, Creative Arts, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and land-based industries with the latter engaging our supported learning students.

As always there's a degree of friendly rivalry between the colleges and this year each college's students gained a fair spread of medals and top honours, and already KFE Skills Competition students are progressing through the World Skills UK Regional heats to qualify for the national WSUK event in autumn 2018. KFE Colleges have so far posted a record number or WSUK south east registrations, representing an incredible 32% of the SE total. This does not include the registrations of our students made by many of the employers we work with across the county and shows an upward trend in KFE registrations. 

Good luck to all of our students in the preparations and participation in the regional heats and WSUK. In 2019 KFE will be delivering a single day major Skills Competition - KFE Live! on 6th March at Canterbury College. Keep following @kentfurthered on Twitter for updates and the latest news on all things KFE...

Creative Genius at KFE Creative Fest 2018

June 25, 2018

Nearly 70 students from across Kent and Medway's FE colleges entered the Skills Fest which took place at Mid Kent College's Medway Campus on 13th June. The competition covered photography, film and graphic design categories and judges were treated to some fantastic work. The photographic and graphic work was displayed for public view in the college site's main foyer and social area whilst the film was judged as a live viewing of each sub category or genre. 

KFE is very proud to announce that the category winners for the Creative Fest are:

Video Animation - Sara Jeffrey (Canterbury College) with Special Mention to Amy McGee (Canterbury College)

Video Fiction - Derin Bergmann (North Kent College) with Special Mention to Adam Haynes (MidKent College)

Video Non-Fiction - Katie McCamley (Canterbury College)

Photography Narrative - Eleanor Luciani (MidKent College)

Photography Portrait - Freya Sage (MidKent College) with Special Mention to Charlie Bedingfield (Canterbury College)

Photography Digital Manipulation - Annalise Richards (MidKent College)

Graphic Design Illustration - Caspian Reynolds (MidKent College)

Graphic Design Poster – Jack Faulkner (MidKent College)

Congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you to all those that submitted work, which saw an incredibly high standard overall. Thank you also to Ros Buttery, the judges and colleagues at Mid Kent College for the event.

KFE Skills competitions to enjoy a Creative Fest!

June 06, 2018

Entries are now closed for the final KFE Skills Competition of the year - The Creative Fest. The competition takes place at Mid Kent College's Maidstone Campus on the evening of 13th June.

The Creative Fest will feature some of our colleges' most talented creative students in the fields of film, photography and graphic design. Creative Industries employ over 2 million people and contribute nearly £92bn a year to the UK economy. With its GVA (Gross Value Added) growth rate more than double any other sector, FE provision in this area is critical to supplying the necessary skills and talent to sustain an exciting range of job opportunities and careers...Our Skills Competitions give our students the edge in World Skills!

Good luck to all those that have entered and see you on the 13th! KFE will cover the event with an updated feature on this site and via our Twitter Feed @KentFurtherEd using #KFESkillsSquad... 

Kent's Further Education college staff came up trumps at the Kent Teachers' Awards on Friday 18th May winning 11 awards! All KFE colleges submitted a total of over 90 nominations in our first year of involvement.

There were 3 overall awards for FE college staff:  Apprenticeship Assessor of the Year - won by David Skinner (North Kent College); Technical / Vocational Teacher of the Year - won by Alison Ackroyd (Mid Kent College) and Higher Education Teacher of the Year - won by Kim Howes (Mid Kent College).

Our district winners are Clive Soord (Canterbury College), David Skinner (NKC), Julie Coyle (Dover Technical College), Kim Howes (MKC), Alison Ackroyd (MKC), Zak Waters (Folkestone College) and Tim Jackson (Broadstairs College).

A further prestigious overall award was won by Clive Soord - The Gulbenkian Theatre Arts Award for Inspiring Creativity & Innovation. We'd like to thank and congratulate all the great FE staff that won or were nominated by their students and colleagues. The 2019 Awards should be even better for KFE...Download the Programme & Winners here. Click the photo for KM Charity Group's Flickr album.

Kent Colleges Dominate 2018 World Skills UK Registrations

May 15, 2018

KFE Colleges have steadily increased their participation in the regional and national heats of World Skills UK, taking home many medals and accolades, whilst boosting the experience, skills and employability of our students. 

The recent opening of registrations for 2018 has shown an incredible response from all of the KFE member colleges and many of our key employer partners to whom we deliver apprenticeships. The colleges alone account for over 100 registrations and almost a third of the total for the South East...

Good luck to all the students that will take part in the various industry rounds and a huge thank you to all the staff at each college that crucially engage with skills competitions to make a difference and achieve success.

Find out more about the local KFE Skills Competitions on our site's dedicated page.

Great news for Kent Further Education's first year sponsoring 3 new awards in the Kent Teachers' Awards as nearly 100 entries received! The three awards covering study programme technical education teaching, apprenticeships and higher education in FE colleges, all received a great spread of entrants from all of the KFE partner colleges across Kent. 

The Awards Event takes place on 18th May at the Great Danes Hotel. We don't know who the winners are yet, so look forward to celebrating the best of FE teaching in Kent in May...Thank you to all those that entered and KFE hope to support the 2019 awards based on the high level of interest this year which is understood to have even surprised the KM Charity Team!

KFE backs the best in FE at Kent Teachers' Awards

January 30, 2018

KFE is proud to sponsor the Kent Teachers' Awards for the first time in 2018. Thanks to the addition of three brand new awards, it will now be possible for Kent's FE college teachers delivering workplace assessing in apprenticeships, classroom based technical education and higher education to be nominated for one of the county's prestigious awards. 

The awards are now open via the following link at the KTA website, but hurry as entries close on 1st March. The winners will be awarded at an event hosted at the Great Danes Hotel in May. So if you wish to nominate yourself, or know someone you think is a star, then enter now! Check out the video...

Kent FE excels at World Skills UK

December 01, 2017

At the Worldskills UK finals in Birmingham last week, students from Kent's FE colleges showed just why FE colleges are the right choice for skills and talents that lead to exciting careers in technical and vocational industries. The Kent colleges, Canterbury College, East Kent College, Hadlow College, Mid Kent College and North Kent College collectively entered eight students into the prestigious competition.  Four took home medals, two golds, a silver and a bronze with the other four achieving highly commended and Squad UK commendations. Well done to all the students and staff from each college for their event support.

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