Plan for lecturers certificate
Speaking at the first national conference of FENTO, the training organisation for the sector, lifelong learning minister Malcolm Wicks said the standards would improve tuition, in-crease achievement and reduce drop-out rates.
Full-time lecturers would have to pass a new-style Cert Ed (FE) within two yars while the estimated 100,000 part-timers would have three years to qualify.
Part-time staff drawn from industry with up-to-date skills are "an asset which we want to nurture and protect" and should not be deterred by minimum teaching qualifications, the report says.
It also proposes setting up a professional body to oversee the qualifications and keep a register of qualified teachers. Consultation ends next month.