Through our mission, we have grown to develop local, national, and international project work, particularly through collaborations and partnership arrangements.

As part of the Education and Training Foundation’s wider Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme, Professional Exchanges have been developed to support practitioners to work collaboratively to develop their skills in teaching, learning and assessment. Within the Professional Exchanges, special projects have been commissioned to look into specific areas of interest of which this project is one.

As a result of recent research, the focus of this project is to support Early Years’ tutors, trainers and assessors that impact on the quality of the delivery of Early Years’ courses leading to Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. These projects will be a test-bed for further activity.

Feedback and publicity from these projects will identify high priority areas for development and lead to a programme of CPD to support staff working in this sector. The project aim is to involve at least 50 teaching practitioners / middle managers and around 100 further staff indirectly.

Any participants recruited as part of this project will self-assess against the Professional Standards.

For further information please contact Jo Shirley.


emfec has been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to run the Professional Exchange Network for the Midlands. The Network will consist of a mix of provider types, specialisms, curriculum areas and job functions, which will ensure a diverse range of people from FE, WBL and ACL can collaborate through a variety of methods.

emfec has a history of successfully running networks for professionals from the further education and skills sector. The outcome of this exchange will create a professional development feedback loop across all networks. The Professional Exchange Networks will provide coverage across the Midlands.

The promotion of the Professional Standards is fundamental to the project aims and objectives which will be reinforced through the network activities to help improve the quality of teaching and learning and assessment.

For further information click here. To register your interest please email Jo Shirley. 

emfec has been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to deliver an innovative post-16 teacher training programme. The programme, SET for Teaching Success, will recruit and train 16 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and/or those with significant and relevant industry experience. There is scope to include existing provider staff who wish to progress into teaching positions including, for example, work-based assessors and technicians.

The programme will build on the successful delivery of the first year of the course which is delivering teaching qualifications to 14 staff across 6 providers (including FE Colleges and an Independent Training Provider). The courses are being delivered by Nottingham Trent University and Derby College, in partnership with the University of Derby.

The programme, delivered across two Hubs, emfec in the Midlands and the South and Blackburn College across the North, focuses on those careers within the relevant routes of the Sainsbury Review. The programme will help grow the capacity of post-16 providers, ensuring they are ready for, and benefit from, the changes the review will bring.

The programme provides a unique opportunity to recruit and train FE teachers/tutors for the future. Directly funded by the Department for Education (through the Education and Training Foundation), the programme recognises the need to invest in the FE workforce and develop the skills needed to address the Sainsbury Review and the government's Post-16 Skills Plan.

Hub funding will provide a grant of £5,000 to contribute towards:

  • Recruitment costs, including advertisements and other appropriate costs
  • Coaching and mentoring of the trainee teachers
  • A contribution towards staff replacement costs e.g. cover for the trainee teachers

Hub funding will fully fund:

  • PCET PGCE/DET/Cert Ed course fees

In return, Hub providers are asked to commit to offering the teacher trainees paid employment (teaching) for at least the duration of their training (until June 2020 at the latest). This does not have to be a full time contract, but we would anticipate this being on a 0.8 FTE basis, possibly 0.6 FTE. Providers will be asked to provide job descriptions and will, of course, be involved in the interviewing and selection process.

emfec will work in partnership with the Nottingham Institute of Education at Nottingham Trent University to deliver the PCET PGCE. Any provider offering their own or an alternative post-compulsory teacher training course is welcome to participate in the programme, subject to the course being of an appropriate standard and quality.

For further information on the East Midlands Hub please contact Jonathan Poxon .

For information on the Hub managed by Blackburn College contact Catherine Pearson.

emfec is working in partnership with the East Midlands Councils (EMC) to map formal and informal adult ESOL provision across the East Midlands. Working with local authorities, providers and stakeholders, the mapping exercise aims to support the planning and co-ordination of ESOL provision to support the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS).

The VPRS is a Government resettlement programme aiming to relocate 20,000 of the most vulnerable refugees to the UK. The scheme prioritises help for survivors of torture and violence, and women and children at risk or in need of medical care.

Resettled refugees and their families will require support, part of which will be the developing English language skills through ESOL provision. Recognising the challenges of delivering ESOL, emfec is working with providers, local authorities and other stakeholders to determine what provision is available, explore the challenges of delivering this and look at how these may be overcome.

The D2N2 Technical Assistance Team maximises the take up and impact of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Programme Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Derby City Council are leading this project, alongside other partners including emfec;

  • D2N2
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • emfec

This is a strong team of organisations who have the expertise to support those interested in making successful applications to the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund.

There will be technical advisory support available to those making an application, to help ensure that quality proposals are designed in accordance with ESIF and national funding requirements.

We will facilitate wide ranging access to the opportunities contained in the ESIF programme, through stakeholder engagement, and capacity building activities.

emfec’s aim is to support and promote ESF opportunities and ensure pipeline compliant projects are supported to deliver targets in the D2N2 ESIF Strategy and ESF Operational Programme.

Please feel free to contact the team members over any enquiry regarding ESIF at this link.

emfec is working in partnership with the Association of Colleges to deliver 10 CPD events across England showcasing outstanding practice and sharing resources that can be used by practitioners, curriculum and quality managers across a wide range of vocational subjects.

All of the events will take place between January-April 2018 and will be advertised on the Education and Training Foundation website.

The cost to attend is £100 or £85 to Society for Education and Training members.

Please find details of each CPD event here:

  • Integrating Industry Experts into Curriculum Delivery
    London 16 March
    Book here
  • Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty Therapy
    London 19 March

    More details coming soon
  • Problem Based Learning and Employer Responsive Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction
    London 27 March
    Book here
  • Professional Excellence in Hospitality 
    Birmingham | 27 April
    Book here
  • STEM Resources and Blended Learning in Construction and Engineering
    Nottingham Date TBC
    More details coming soon

For further information on any of our projects please contact either:

Jonathan Poxon
Projects Manager
0115 854 1623

“A thoroughly enjoyable, knowledgeable trip and we have established some good contacts and links from this visit and look forward to keeping our collaboration going on international work.”

-Lisa, Leicester College

“We look forward to further developing our project made possible through emfec's Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment project.”

-Lincoln College