Begin a teaching career: Taking Teaching Further

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Are you working in business or industry?

Are you looking for a change, maybe a better work-life balance?

Do you enjoy helping others to learn?

Teach or train in further education and you could make that change right now.

In the Further Education and Training sector, you can work with learners aged 16 and over, passing on your skills and knowledge to the workforce of the future. Choose to teach full-time for a complete fresh start, or opt for part-time if you prefer to keep a foot in business or industry.

Taking Teaching Further

Now there is a government-backed scheme called Taking Teaching Further designed to make your journey into teaching as smooth as possible and ensure your success – with no prior teaching experience required! It offers an excellent support package including:

  • an opportunity to gain a Level 5 Teaching Qualification free of charge
  • extra mentoring and support
  • a chance to work shadow other qualified teachers
  • a reduced teaching timetable so you have time for studying as well as learning on the job.

You will go straight into a trainee teaching position so you will also be earning a salary whilst you learn.


There are a number of advantages to choosing a teaching career via Taking Teaching Further:

  • an easy and well-supported route into teaching
  • an opportunity to share your knowledge, skills and passion for your industry with the next generation of talent
  • a complete change or a chance to add to your existing career
  • potentially extra paid leave for a better work-life balance
  • an opportunity to work locally and reduce travel for work
  • a job which is full of variety and interest.


To apply for the Taking Teaching Further programme you will need to have worked in business or industry for at least 24 months. Most of the roles on offer are in technical or vocational subjects, but there are also opportunities to teach maths or English or support those with special educational needs.

See the full list of sectors covered by the TTF programme

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Business and Administrative
  • Construction
  • Creative Design
  • Digital
  • Education and Childcare
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Science
  • Legal, Finance and Accounting
  • Protective Services
  • Sales, Marketing and Procurement
  • Social Care
  • Transport and Logistics
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“I always feel very supported. I have thoroughly enjoyed the first few months of teaching and believe that this is because of the time I have been given to plan and complete work and the support I have access to.”

Jenny Lea, Practical Lecturer in Animal Studies at Myerscough College, training on the Taking Teaching Further programme.

“I wanted to share my knowledge of new technologies to future generations. I also wanted to spend more time with my family, the school holidays allow me to do that. I’m very much enjoying working as a teacher.”

Petrit Shala, previously Operations Manager at the Port of Tilbury, and now teacher of digital courses at South Essex College of Further and Higher Education after training on the Taking Teaching Further Programme.

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