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8th October 2004 at 01:00
As independent institutions, both sixth form colleges and FE colleges have greater flexibility than schools about who they can employ. Colleges in both sectors can take on staff without teaching qualifications, although in sixth-form colleges they would have instructor status and could expect to be paid less.

Sixth-form colleges generally prefer people with qualified teacher status, although occasionally new teachers can do their induction year at the college if arrangements are made with the local authority; in FE, staff without a teaching qualification must be working towards one. There is a two-year time limit for full-timers and four years for part-timers.

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