Government campaign launches to increase teacher numbers

The Department for Education (DfE) has today launched a new campaign which aims to boost the number of teachers in further education and training.

The campaign showcases the benefits of working in FE and training and highlights the different routes into the sector, including combining teaching with working in industry. Individuals with substantial industry experience in areas such as construction, engineering, and finance are being particularly urged to consider teaching.

Full information can be found on the dedicated campaign website:

A key ongoing initiative is the ‘Taking Teaching Further’ programme, which is funded by the DfE and delivered by the Education and Training Foundation. This national initiative aims to attract experienced industry professionals into FE and training. It was highlighted as a ‘flagship programme’ in the Government’s 2021 skills white paper, and has grown rapidly from 50 to 550 places between 2018 and 2020.

David Russell, CEO of the Education and Training Foundation, said:

The Education and Training Foundation is pleased to support this important campaign to boost teacher numbers in further education and training. It will be an excellent new front end to attract talent into the fantastic career which is FE teaching. Prospective teachers who want expert career entry advice from experienced FE professionals can also access our DfE-supported FE Advice Service

“Evidence shows that early career retention is also an issue for FE and training. Good quality training, mentoring, CPD and management can all help with this. The ETF supports the whole sector with this full range of challenges, ensuring that we can hold on to the people we attract into the sector through campaigns such as the DfE’s.”

To access our FE Advice service, which offers information and support for those interested in joining the sector as well as existing teachers looking to progress their careers, please visit