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I have a PGCE but no specialist subject!

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by wickyv35, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. This may sound odd, but I have just completed my PGCE (PCET), but have no specialist subject. I started on the course when my level 3 literacy was sufficient to be key skills tutor in adult and vocational education. Now our govt have set the standard at level 5 (thanks!) so I am looking to do another qualification. During my first year I worked with ESOL students which I enjoyed very much and this year have been delivering functional skills to teenage construction students. To say it has been challenging is an understatement, but also enjoyable. The problem is I am a single parent with a mortage and fast approaching the wrong side of forty, and I REALLY need a job! Am I qualified to teach anything now? I have advanced Food Hygiene and enquired to deliver Basic Food Hygiene courses, but was told I needed to complete a catering qualification (2 years). I also have D32 and was NVQ assessor many years ago but my indusrty knowledge is outdated. I am also confused as to which course to take, level 5, level 6, DELTA or DTLLS with Literacy? I am not sure whether to teach functional skills, ESOL or food hygiene, as who can tell which one will result in a job at the end? I am very confused, any advice would be greatly appreciated
  2. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Lead commenter

    Hi wickyv35
    I don't know the answer, but what will help you answer your question would be to look at the person specs of, as many as possible, relevant and near relevant job adverts. They will tell you exactly what levels of qualifications you will need. If they do not say L5 or whatever, and you have all the person requirements asked for, then that is the bottom line. They would have to consider all the people who have all the things asked for in the person spec.
    The only other thing I can add is that when I was head of an engineering group up until I retired last year, we were desparate for lecturers and hired several people on temporary contracts as trainers, who were not fully qualified in all sorts of areas. My Head of Department justified it by pointing out that the level of qualifications existed with other people (me mainly!) in the group who could be responsible! I have no idea how cosha this is, but it would appear to happen in other places! A lot goes on behind closed curtains! I was too bogged down with teaching a full timetable AND running the group, including trying to find people to stand in front of the classes to even start worrying about the ethics of it all! Just to say that I kept a close watch on them and how well the students were bennifiting in class, which mainly we achieved. Sorry I digress, but hopefully I have been helpful.
    Good luck with all this. I am very much of the opinion that academic qualifications are secondary to the need to be able to hold the attention of a class and make them want to be in the lesson.
  3. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Lead commenter

    Also to add, that my trainers were doing exactly the same teaching job that I was, but they had less pay and less holidays. This missuse of staff has been commented on in other posts in this forum. It was the holidays that caused the most resentment. Sorry - digressing again.

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