When will registration open?

Registration will open on 4 April 2022, with all FE providers able to register from this date.

Who can access the programme?

This programme is open to all FE providers with two routes available:

Route 1 is for FE Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, and Specialist Designated Institutions in England.

Route 2 of the programme is open to all independent training providers, employer led providers, third sector training providers, local authority providers, and adult and community learning providers.

How can I register for the programme?

All interested FE providers should register to either Route 1  or Route 2  by following the relevant online registration form on the linked webpages.

Can individuals apply for the funding to access DET and become qualified teachers?

We can only accept registrations from organisations that would be looking to recruit a teacher that has business and/or industry experience, rather than from individuals who would like some support to become qualified. However we would be happy to signpost you to relevant FE providers in your region if you email the TTF team.

There is also information and advice about the various pathways of becoming a teacher at You may also wish to contact the FE advice line on 0300 303 1877 or email

What are the 15 Technical Subject Routes?

The 15 eligible subject areas that FE providers can recruit to for funding can be found here.

What are the Core Skills Subject Routes?

The 3 eligible subject areas that FE providers can recruit to for funding can be found here.

TTF Programme & Process

Is this funding available only for new recruits or does it cover existing teaching staff working within an organisation?

The programme is for business and industry experts to become FE teachers and therefore will need a level of experience within that area (technical).
If somebody is working within the organisation as long as they meet the criteria they are eligible to join the programme.

Does the funding cover a Level 5 DET or can it be used for equivalent ITE qualifications?

The funding provided must be used to cover the costs of a Level 5 DET or an equivalent or higher level qualification such as PGCE. There is also optional funding available for a Level 3 AET to be taken should FE providers feel it is appropriate for their new recruit.

Does the funding cover in-house delivery for the ITE qualification?

Yes, it is fine to do in-house delivery for the ITE qualification and claim funding for the teaching qualification.

Does the funding cover the new trainee teacher’s salary on top of an ITE qualification?

Funding should go towards the qualification, costs that are associated with providing 144 hours of intensive support, as well as 140 hours of a reduced teaching timetable for the new recruit.

If your recruit is part time then you have the option to claim for 72 hours of intensive support, as well as 70 hours of reduced teaching timetable for the new recruit. Salary costs are not included in this funding.

For a full breakdown of the funding, please refer to the programme guidance document.

What reporting is required for FE providers on the programme?

All participating FE providers are required to inform us when you have recruited someone, as well as when they have completed each milestone. You will also be required to complete 3 reports to the TTF team, between April 2022 to March 2023 for Round 4 (where applicable) and 5.

Do you have advice about becoming an FE teacher?

There are several ways to become an FE teacher, catering for people with different qualifications, experience and needs. Information and advice about the various pathways can be found at

You may also wish to contact the FE advice line on 0300 303 1877 or email


What are the requirements for who I can recruit onto the programme?

We’d encourage you to read the full criteria around what we consider a business and industry expert in the TTF guidance documents.

Do the eligible recruits need to be employed within the College that is making the application, or could the College making the application manage the project and funding but place some individuals in an eligible external FE position?

It does not matter who the lead applicant is, as long as the recruit is employed by or working in an eligible FE provider and the individual being recruited is new to teaching. They must also be recruited into a permanent teaching position.

We’ve just recruited, what we do we do next?

Congratulations on recruiting! Next steps will be to support the recruit with their first few months on campus.

You will be expected to enrol them on a Level 5 DET by end of September 2022, provide them with 144 hours of intensive support, and 140 hours of reduced teaching from their start date to the end of March 2023.

If they are part time then you have the option to reduce these hours to 72 hours for the intensive support and 70 hours of reduced teaching.

There is also the option to enrol them onto a Level 3 AET.

Is there any flexibility given with the timelines to recruit by, with the deadline to enrol on to the Level 5 DET and with the intensive support hours provided?

We encourage all providers to try their best to keep to the guidelines given for the programme, however if there are any serious issues- such as Covid-19 related issues, that would need to be addressed then we are willing to look at these on a case by case basis.