Multi-million pound support package to boost the FE workforce

Wednesday February 5th, 2020

£24 million package will strengthen the FE workforce and help to level up skills and opportunities up and down the country.Funding

Further education providers across the country are to benefit from a package of support, worth up to £24 million, so they can continue to recruit, retain and develop excellent teachers, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced today (Wednesday 5th February).

The government is investing significantly to improve access to high-quality further education and training, as part of an additional £400 million boost for 16 to 19 education in 2020-21 and by introducing new T Level qualifications.

The multi-million pound investment announced today will support this drive by bolstering the FE workforce, helping to deliver the government’s commitment to level up skills and opportunity across the country.

It includes:

  • £11 million to provide bursaries and grants worth up to £26,000 to attract talented people to train to teach in FE, in priority subject areas such as STEM, English and SEND teaching.
  • A £10 million boost to expand the government’s successful Taking Teaching Further programme, delivered in partnership with sector body the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), which sees industry professionals working in sectors such as engineering and computing to retrain as further education teachers. The scheme has already supported over 100 people to work in FE across the country so far. This additional funding will support up to 550 more people to train to teach a range of technical subjects in 2020.
  • £3 million for high-quality mentor training programmes, designed and delivered by the ETF to support FE teachers – including those in the important early years of their careers – to develop and progress.

The Taking Teaching Further programme was launched in 2018 to support further education providers to attract talented industry professionals to retrain as further education teachers so they can pass on their knowledge and expertise and help give more people the chance to secure a rewarding career.

The government has also today confirmed that it will introduce plans to collect data on the FE workforce every year, starting in the next academic year. The move follows a consultation with the FE sector last year. The annual data collection will make sure the government has robust information on the FE workforce to enable a greater understanding of who makes up the FE sector.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“Our ambitions for a world-beating technical education system can only be achieved if we have outstanding teachers who will inspire the next generation.

I’ve seen first-hand just how much brilliant work is already going on up and down the country. I want to thank the many thousands of further education teachers doing fantastic jobs and changing lives.

This investment is a clear signal of the government’s commitment to helping the FE sector to continue to recruit and retain excellent teachers who will help to unlock their students’ full potential.”

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