Commenting on College Staffing Challenges in 2022, a report and survey by the Association of Colleges, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

"This report exposes the lack of Government support and commitment to colleges. Lower funding rates have greatly affected a sector which has many types of provision and learner ages. Most crucially, the report shows that recruitment of college staff is now in crisis with 6,000 vacancies in key areas of T Level provision - Construction, Engineering, and Child Care. Low funding has also distorted college management, lecturer and support roles, with many duties now 'hidden' under hybrid roles. 

"The key conclusion is that Government needs to provide the funding to enable them to commit to meaningful increases in staff pay. The report puts the Government on notice that skills, T Levels, and the 'levelling up' agenda will fail unless it quickly improves its attitude to college funding and urgently changes course. This is essential reading for Boris Johnson, Nadhim Zahawi and Michael Gove."