[Wolves] City and Guilds stuff - PC related

sparkes sparkes at westmids.biz
Tue Dec 7 13:11:29 GMT 2004

Kevanf1 wrote:
> This does have a basis in Linux so bear with me, please.
> So, anybody know about the course?  What's involved?

lots of boring assignments about theory and lots of teaching practise. 
You can't even start the course without about 40 hours of teaching over 
the second half of the course.

I personally wouldn't bother because the colleges will just take the 
piss and pay you about 20 quid an hour for the hours you are teaching 
(with a maximum of only about 12 hours) but then expect you to work 
every waking hour developing courses and marking.  I don't think I 
worked under 60 hours in any week (+ about 10 hours for 7404 
assignments) and had a fixed maximum earning that put me on a par with 
the kids working in McDonalds.  It's a rip off and the union won't 
support you because they have to protect the rights of full time staff 
to job security and your whole existance is against that core right.

I have experience of this so I know what I am talking about.  I 
personally wouldn't advise anyone doing this course or starting out as a 
'part-time' lecturer.  If you want to do it study the PCSE and attempt 
to get a full time job.  Part-time lecturing won't give you enough to 
pay the bills.

It's incredibly sad but helping people learn in fe doesn't pay the bills 
and you would be better off finding someother outlet for your skills.


<davee> "Sparkes, the Pete Best of LugRadio"

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