Colleges receive £5m to train T-level teachers

In total, 37 colleges will be funded to teach the first cohort of the Taking Teaching Further programme

George Ryan

The first colleges to receive funding to train the new T-level teacher workforce have been announced

The first colleges to receive funding to train the new T-level teacher workforce have been announced.

In total, 37 providers will receive funding from the Taking Teaching Further (TTF) programme to recruit the country’s first 80 TTF teachers from specific sectors and encourage them to retrain to work in those institutions. The programme is being managed and delivered by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) on behalf of the DfE.

TTF will focus on supporting priority sectors, including the first T-level subjects to be taught –education and childcare, digital, and construction – as well as engineering and manufacturing and other Stem subjects. The next round will open for applications in December.

T levels: Bringing industry and FE together 

The first three T levels will be taught in more than 50 colleges from 2020, with the remaining 22 phased in after that. This landmark reform will provide young people with a genuine choice between technical and academic education post-16.

As well as training teachers, the programme will also provide £900,000 for 20 projects to explore how industry and the further education sector can work together to make sure students gain the knowledge and skills that businesses really need.

Taking Teaching Further was launched in June as a pilot programme to further boost the quality of the post-16 teaching workforce by bringing in more diverse experiences and skills.

'Building the country’s future'

Skills minister Anne Milton said attracting talented people to teach in the FE sector has never been more important, adding: “We are transforming technical education in this country with the introduction of new T levels. We want staff with industry skills to pass on their expertise to the next generation.” 

ETF chief executive David Russell said the programme shows how the sector is rising to the challenge of “building the country’s future.”

He added: “This programme will add significant impetus to the recruitment of world-class teachers and trainers into FE who combine teaching excellence with hands-on industry experience.

“Those who have been successful in this first tranche will set a new benchmark for bringing in talent and expertise to improve technical teaching and support the development of our brilliant FE workforce.”

Colleges and FE providers to host the first TTF teachers

  • Blackpool and the Fylde College
  • Bridgwater & Taunton College
  • Buckinghamshire College Group
  • Calderdale College
  • Capital City College Group
  • City College Norwich
  • City College Plymouth
  • East Kent College
  • Grimsby Institute
  • Kirklees College
  • Lakes College
  • Learning Skills Partnership
  • Leicester College
  • Northampton College
  • Northumberland County Council 
  • Oldham College
  • Petroc College
  • Reaseheath College
  • St Helens Chamber
  • Tameside College
  • Wakefield College
  • Walsall College
  • West Suffolk College

Colleges and FE providers to run first projects

  • Abingdon and Witney College
  • Bath College
  • Blackburn College
  • Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Calderdale College
  • DN Colleges Group
  • East Kent College
  • Genius Solutions
  • Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network
  • Harlow College
  • Learning Skills Partnership
  • London South East Colleges
  • North Kent College
  • Northampton College
  • Petroc College
  • Sandwell College
  • The Consortium of Vocational & Educational Trainers (COVET)
  • The Isle of Wight College
  • Walsall College
  • Weston College

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George Ryan

George Ryan

George Ryan is a further education reporter for tes

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