Taking Teaching Further

The Taking Teaching Further programme is a national initiative to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education (FE).

This Department for Education-funded initiative is managed on its behalf by the Education and Training Foundation who also played a key role in the programme’s development. It was launched in June 2018 with two round of funding between 2018 and 2020. Find out which colleges and providers were successful in their applications to take part in Round 1 and Round 2 of the programme.

On 5 February 2020, the Department for Education announced funding for a Round 3 of the Taking Teaching Further programme, which will continue to be managed by the ETF.


Registration for Round 3 funding is open for all FE providers


Round 3 of the programme is running from April 2020 to July 2022. The focus will be on supporting FE providers to recruit people with industry experience to retrain as FE teachers in teaching positions across any of the 15 technical teaching routes.

The programme’s long-term aims are to:

  • raise the profile and prestige of skilled FE teaching, particularly among industry professionals; and
  • increase the overall number of skilled technical teaching roles by helping providers to support experienced industry professionals with the training that they require to become FE teachers.

Taking Teaching Further Round 3 funding is available for all FE providers with two routes to access the programme depending on provider type.

The take-up of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) places on both Route 1 and Route 2 is subject to individuals meeting the participation criteria outlined in the programme guidance documents. 

Route 1

Route 1 of the programme is open to all FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges in England (colleges). Places will be made available to all colleges on a draw-down basis. 

Registrations remain open for FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges to participate through this form

Route 2

Route 2 of the programme is open to all independent training providers, employer led providers, third sector training providers, local authority providers, adult and community learning providers, 16-19 academy converters and university technical colleges. These places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registrations to take part in Taking Teaching Further Route 2 are open through this form.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the Taking Teaching Further team via takingteachingfurther@etfoundation.co.uk or call 020 3740 8280.


For further information on Round 3, please see below: