Further Education providers are being encouraged to take advantage of funding to support their recruitment of teachers through the Taking Teaching Further programme.
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has announced Round 4 of the Department for Education (DfE) funded initiative, which helps FE providers recruit, train and retain industry professionals to become teachers in technical subjects.
Funding is made available to FE providers at a rate of £18,200 per place to cover the costs of the new recruit undertaking a Level 5 teaching qualification, receiving intensive support such as paired teaching or work shadowing, as well as having reduced classroom time.
Managed by the ETF, which also played a key role in the programme’s development, Taking Teaching Further launched in June 2018 with three rounds of funding between 2018 and 2021. The launch of Round 4 follows the Government’s announcement to expand the recruitment initiative in the Skills for Jobs White Paper. Building on the success of the previous three rounds, funding is offered through two routes: Route 1 for all FE colleges and Sixth Forms, and Route 2 for all other FE provider types.
Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan said:
“In our ambitious White Paper we set out how we plan to deliver a revolution in post-16 education and attracting more high-quality teachers to the FE sector is a crucial part of this.
“Following on from the success of the first three rounds, Round 4 of Taking Teaching Further (TTF) will help to recruit people with practical industry experience to teach technical subjects. TTF is a brilliant initiative and by providing funding and support for teaching training, it enables industry experts to transfer their skills to the classroom and prepare learners for the world of work.”
David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said:
“Ensuring our learners are taught and trained by expert teachers is essential to helping our nation and economy recover from the global disruptions we are currently facing. Which is why it’s encouraging to see the Government commit to expanding their support for the nationally important Taking Teaching Further programme which attracts the very best industry talent into FE teaching roles.
“Having managed the first three rounds, the Education and Training Foundation is delighted to launch Round 4 of the Government’s flagship recruitment programme. Taking Teaching Further is setting the standard for recruiting and retaining experts with hands-on industry-experience, enabling FE providers to support new staff to be world-class teachers and trainers.
“I encourage all colleges and FE providers to register to take advantage of this important programme that will make a real difference to their organisations, learners and community.”
Registration for funding and further information on Taking Teaching Further can be found on the Taking Teaching Further webpage.