Further education (FE) and skills

Find out how our FE and skills strategy supports the sector, and explore the news, stories, services and advice that will help guide your digital journey.

Jisc’s FE and skills strategy

Drafted in response to sector needs, our strategy helps guide FE providers’ digital evolution for the three years until 2023 and beyond.

Read the strategy.

Shaping the digital future of FE and skills

In partnership with the AoC, we're exploring the potential of technology to benefit the further education sector now and into the future. Starting in summer 2020, this project researches and shares innovative teaching, learning and assessment practice, and explores what good looks like in terms of digital leadership, wellbeing and digital CPD.

Read our first report and get involved.

Recent reports

Report

Exploring the impact of digital and data poverty on BAME learners

Jisc’s shaping the digital future of FE and skills programme reinforced digital and data poverty as a pressing concern for the sector requiring further understanding and action. The COVID-19 pandemic has widened the digital and social divide, and black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

Report

Using the Black Further Education Leadership Group 10 point plan (pdf)

This report offers an overview of the Black FE Leadership Group’s 10 point plan and a closer look at the institutional journeys towards a culture of anti-racism of three FE colleges.

Inspiring innovation

Blog

Improving connectivity and experience at Hereward College

As the education world shifts its perspective on and prioritising of digital learning tools, Hereward College talks about improving infrastructure to help support students.

Blog

Digital tech can catapult FE and skills providers to the heart of local economies and communities

The pandemic has given FE providers a significant jolt and accelerated their move towards better use of technology for teaching and working.

Sharing good practice

Podcast

Bradford College: keeping students connected during 'the new normal'

We're joined by ESOL lecturer Seima Mahmood to discuss a new online space they built for students to engage with each other throughout the pandemic.

Blog

Cardiff and Vale College has delivered its most successful CPD yet... all online

Associate dean of teaching and learning, Yusuf Ibrahim on their two-week online CPD festival.

Practical advice and support

FE experts give top tips for teaching in lockdown 2021

The enforced shift last spring to online work and study took its toll on staff and students alike. With the move to working purely online again - at least for the early part of 2021 - here's a package of practical advice from experts at Jisc and teachers, practitioners and leaders across the sector.

Read top tips covering teaching methods, wellbeing and online safety.

Supporting Institutes of Technology

We're working with Institutes of Technology to prepare today’s learners for the workplace of tomorrow. Our tailored consultancy and support can help you ensure that all learners are given the best possible student experience.

Find out more and see how we can work with your Institute of Technology

Vocational learning resources

Service

Digital and IT training

Interactive online learning resources including quizzes, augmented reality (AR) and videos that reflect realistic work-based scenarios.

Service

Education and childcare training

Engaging, interactive online learning and teaching resources, mapped to education and childcare curricula across the UK.

Service

Construction training

There's a big problem with skills shortages in the construction industry - we’ve developed new, high quality interactive digital learning resources mapped to construction qualifications.

Advice and guidance

Guide

Ensuring continuity of learning during enforced absence

How to maintain teaching, learning and business operations when staff or learners are unable to physically spend time on campus.

Quick guide

Maintaining access to internal services during a continuity event

Ways to keep services accessible to remote users.

Quick guide

Digital wellbeing of learners

Understanding the positive benefits and any potential negative aspects of engaging with digital activities is key to ensuring learner wellbeing.

Guide

Online safety

Keep your organisation’s staff and students working safely online, whether they’re on or off-campus.

Quick guide

How your digital policies can support online safety

The four areas where the move to online relationships with staff and students could affect the assessment of risk or the effectiveness of existing measures.

Guide

Data protection

How to collect and use personal information about students, staff and others.