What people say about us

What people say about us

What people say about us

“FEA recently placed me in my new Deputy Principal role at West London College. From initial contact I was impressed with all aspects of the FEA run recruitment activity. Matt and his team were highly knowledgeable, with a detailed understanding of both the  specific role and broader trends within the sector, supporting a detailed discussion on professional progression. This early interaction gave me a lens to reflect upon the opportunity and ensured I was well equipped to make decisions around progressing my application.  FEA worked in conjunction with WLC in coordinating the final logistics and Samantha Bunn was swift and efficient in dealing with any additional queries I had. Immediately after the selection day, Matt and Sam excelled in timely and detailed feedback, allowing me an opportunity to not only celebrate my achievements but also reflect on the wider learning that I could take from the interview process.  From a candidates perspective, FEA added significant value to the recruitment process and I would not hesitate to recommend and use them in future.”  Candidate feedback

"FEA recently placed me in my new Vice Principal role as a member of the senior leadership team at City of Bristol College. From a candidate’s perspective the service provided by Matt and his team was first class. Matt arranged 1 to 1 conversations for me to ensure that the potential opportunity was the right fit for me, and vice versa. The application process itself was very smooth and clearly sign-posted well in advance, and before the formal two day selection event Matt and Sam made sure I was fully briefed on the practicalities and logistics, as well as giving me helpful insights into the culture and expectations of the College, so that I was confident and well prepared. Matt was very prompt in getting back to me with the good news immediately following the interview and a day or so later FEA provided me with more formal written feedback on my performance. In this way the whole service felt very personal and geared to my requirements. From a recruitment perspective the process was one of the most comprehensive and rigorous that I’ve ever been involved in."  Candidate feedback

"With deep knowledge of our sector and a creativity that brings new insight, FEA have a justified position as market leaders for strategic consultancy support.  The experience of the FEA team in successful project delivery gives confidence and adds value in all aspects of project delivery."  Dr Andrew Gower, Principal and Chief Executive, Morley College London

"Jackie, you joined us under extraordinary circumstances in January.  Through your winning ways you won us over rapidly - with a keen sense of humour, hardworking, easy manner and challenging focus.  You have led the curriculum team with care, challenge, support - focusing always on the learner and improving their life chances and performance.  So thank you Jackie most sincerely and I do hope we will meet again."  Derek O'Toole, Principal and CEO, Hopwood Hall College

"My experience working with FEA has been nothing but an excellent experience.  They have provided me with unique opportunities that I would not have found anywhere else.  The briefs provided are detailed and clearly meet the need of the employer due to FEA's comprehensive understanding and experience of the FE sector.  FEA don't just fill a gap, they have impact and it is an honour to be part of the team."  Interim Curriculum Consultant Feedback

"As an interim with FE Associates I 'm part of a network of consultants which gives me access to a wide range of resources, support and expertise.  Enabling us to offer a comprehensive service and achieve outstanding results whilst enhancing the learners' experience."  Interim Curriculum Consultant Feedback

"As clients of the FE Associates executive search and recruitment practice we weren’t just pleased with the service we received, we were delighted! We asked Matt and the team to recruit 6 senior executive leaders for us within a very short timescale and our expectations were high and specific.  Their professional advice was clear and their processes, which were much more akin to what you find in the commercial sector, found us many strong candidates to meet and select from.  We would have no hesitation in recommending their services to anyone looking to secure senior level talent in the future." Clive Cooke, CEO Designate, East Sussex College Group

“Working as an “FEA interim” has given me a great opportunity to support and work nationwide and experience not only diverse organisations, but also a variety of roles, which means no two days are the same.  FEA are very responsive in sourcing appropriate placements and matching my skills to the opportunities I am put forward for. I’ve felt part of the FEA community very quickly and having access to support from their extensive bank of experts helps to provide clients with excellent support and guidance and builds an even greater sense of community."  Interim MIS Consultant Feedback

“I started my career as a FE Interim Manager with FEA almost 4 years ago, after having used their services in the past to recruit high calibre senior managers. I have always thought highly of FEA, because they offer a professional service to professionals. Working with FEA has secured me a number of quality assignments that are well suited to my skills and experience. FEA Interims also receive lots of support from a great team that work behind the scenes.”  Interim Curriculum Consultant Feedback

"This is to confirm that I have the highest regard for Denise as a senior professional and very recent, former colleague. She took over her original brief at Telford and clearly acceded all targets she was given by the former interim principal and then, with no notice, took over Apprenticeships, that were in dire straits at that time, early in the 16/17 academic year. Nothing worked, or was in place, when Denise took over. Indeed, much of the provision had resulted in upset employers with little or no trust in the college, weak and inaccurate audit and accounts, and appalling low levels of performance.  Under Denise's leadership, and with her considerable skills and energy, she ensured trust returned and performance massively improved by over 26% in a few short months. I would be delighted to work with Denise again, as her colleague and principal."  Telford College of Arts and Technology

 "Thanks so much for helping in the recruitment of our new FD.  The support offered by the team has been excellent. You will recall that one of the main reasons for using FEA was both for your knowledge of individuals within the sector, but also because we needed a smooth, efficient and effective recruitment to take place.  The service throughout was excellent. We have secured a credible, and excellent candidate that is not only technically competent but will be an excellent fit for the team."  MidKent College

"I recently had the pleasure of applying for a senior management post that was being managed by FEA. The team supporting the recruitment process were fabulous; from start to finish, they were professional, organised, prompt and diligent. I felt they were particularly supportive to the candidates, they worked hard to ensure that the prospective employer was able to secure the right person for the job, and that the candidates had ample opportunity to decide if the job on offer was the right job for them.  The notion of the selection process being a two-way process was a lived experience. I felt that I was able to demonstrate my skills and personal fit for the job better than in most other recruitment processes I have experienced. When the opportunity arises, I will definitely use FEA to support me in recruiting new staff."  Candidate Feedback

"I am extremely grateful to FEA for employing me both as an interim and then later, for finding me full time employment in the FE sector. The FEA staff (both back office and consultants) are great to work with because they are all 100% reliable, pleasant and professional. I recommend them unreservedly and am sure that I will continue to use their services in the future. Thank you FEA."  Candidate Feedback

"Kate started at the college in January and due to her diagnostic and decisive nature very quickly identified the issues surrounding the faculty. She worked well with the learning coordinator and programme leaders.  This meant that students study programmes were managed as a whole, leading to significant impact on student attendance and overall success rates at the end of 2015-16. Clear objectives were set with staff and performance management improved across the faculty at all levels. In conclusion, Kate had a positive impact on all key performance indicators and leaves us in a better place."  Oldham College

"Parmjit is a very effective personnel and curriculum manager. Her professional knowledge - specialism, qualifications and managerial experience – coupled with her strategic awareness and the ability to apply this knowledge and experience, make her a very effective interim curriculum manager. She is able to quickly assess a given situation and clearly communicate and consult on a range of options and solutions. Her interpersonal skills, dynamic energy and professionalism all combine in a can-do mentality which is both motivational and supportive of all the people she works with. She is clear about the importance of setting and meeting targets and met every single objective that we set for her. I am happy to recommend her for other interim roles and would re-employ her tomorrow, if the need arose."  City of Westminster College

"Pat was very hardworking and conscientious. She managed a diverse area of work with responsibility for academic and support services. In particular, she provided guidance and support to the curriculum manager with responsibility for the delivery of cross college English and maths, including Functional Skills."  West Thames College

"Barry is an experienced FE manager who, as an interim manager, is proactive and solution focussed to build on and support learner outcomes. Barry has a strong team-based ethic and has experience to develop and support subject teams, middle leaders and senior management teams. Barry is excellent at isolating issues and ensuring that appropriate interventions are put in place to support the student experience whilst meeting the corporate objectives and strategic plan. Barry also shares his previous knowledge and experience with the team which is very valuable. Barry has been an asset to the college in his interim time at this college."  Doncaster College and University Centre

"Louise came into the department at a time of challenge and disruption, however, she demonstrated a calm approach aligned to professional knowledge and experience, showing a very pro-active, helpful can-do attitude which staff warmed to and very much appreciated. Louise displayed confidence in her dealing with staff and of her knowledge in her field of expertise, often showing a willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations. I am sure that Louise would be an asset within any organisation and I would have no hesitation in recommending her services."  Carlisle College

Working at FEA

"Working at FEA gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge & experience from my career in the FE & Skills sector. We’re encouraged to continually keep abreast of new initiatives & the changing face of FE." Denise Bishop, FEA Partnerships Management Consultant


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