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The FE workforce and the key FE stakeholders

FE in numbers

There are approximately 305,243 staff working in FE in the UK and the breakdown by nation is as follows:

  • 263,257 staff in England
  • 6,357 staff in Northern Ireland
  • 21,604 in Scotland
  • 14,025 in Wales

(Source: LLUK research factsheets published in 2009)

There are 470 UK FE institutions whose work is primarily concerned with post-compulsory teaching and training. This includes learning at a range of levels, from basic training to higher diplomas and degrees, which can be full or part-time, academic or vocational.

To learn more about staff working in work based learning click here.

If you would like to read more about the lifelong learning workforce in each of the nations click below:


Northern Ireland



You can also find additional FE information in our Research Directory.

Key stakeholders in the further education sector in the UK