College Benefits from New Generation of Teaching Talent


Blackburn College is reaping the benefits of a training programme designed to support new teachers to prosper within Further Education.

The SET for Teaching Success Programme was commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to recruit, train, mentor and support new teachers of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), with a focus on technical education.

The Programme responds to the well-documented teacher shortages being experienced in key subject areas. Beyond that, it offers its recruits a unique opportunity to develop additional skills and experience to bring to their teaching.

Oga Isaiah is the Programme’s first recruit and is now a qualified Further Education lecturer, where he teaches across a range of Level 3 Engineering programmes at the College’s £7m Futures Centre.

Oga said: “I have benefited immensely from the SET for Teaching Success Programme because it gave me the opportunity to compare teaching techniques and decision making from my peers.”

Oga and the SET for Teaching Success Programme were a perfect match, where his industry experience spanning industrial manufacturing, maintenance and operations in engineering made him a prime candidate for Further Education teaching. He added:

“Teaching in FE primarily involves creating an atmosphere that encourages and supports learning and active participation in the classroom.

“I am thrilled about Further Education teaching as it entails facilitated learning using various innovative media and real-life examples to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved at the end of every learning session.”

As part of the programme, SET for Teaching Success requires candidates to undertake an industry placement in a relevant sector. Oga participated in a placement with Network Rail – the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the railway network in the UK. There, he was able to refresh his skills to augment his teaching using the latest industry practices.

He added: “I look forward to becoming a well-rounded professional in education, delivering excellent teaching and learning in several engineering subjects and providing great mentorship to learners and lecturers new to teaching.”

SET for Teaching Success at Blackburn College will see more recruits undertake the programme to benefit Blackburn College. Staff members Rebecca Lawlor, Aaron Kirkman and Stuart Haffenden are involved in the programme, which will support them to become Further Education practitioners at the College.

Applications for September 2019 are open and prospective students are advised to make their application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Prospective students are invited to come along to the College’s next Open Event on Wednesday 13th February from 4.30pm-8pm – to meet tutors, see world-class facilities and learn about the unrivalled support package on offer.


17 Jan 2019, 14:39 PM

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