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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 and during 2018/19, there are two rounds of funding. The first round successfully funded 37 colleges and further education providers across two strands. In May 2019, it was announced 54 colleges and further education providers would be funded in Round 2.

The programme is initially running for two years to pilot how to effectively encourage and support experienced industry professionals from key sectors into full or part-time FE teaching roles. The programme will also support the ongoing exchange between FE providers and industry so that students can gain the knowledge and skills that employers need.

The focus of the programme is on priority sectors, including the first T level routes, and a fund of up £5m has been made available. The programme is divided into two strands: one to provide financial support for up to 150 industry experts to become FE teachers, covering the course costs of teacher training as well as support and mentoring; and another to support up to 40 innovative and scalable projects that help develop local partnerships and collaborations.

The programme is open to all Further Education providers and has five long-term aims to:

  • raise the profile and prestige of FE teaching, particularly among industry professionals
  • increase the overall number of skilled FE teachers in the technical routes that will be taught first (Childcare and Education, Digital, Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing and other STEM technical routes), by helping experienced industry professionals to enter the FE teaching profession
  • increase the opportunity for industry-related CPD for current teachers;
  • demonstrate the value of, and possibilities for, industry / FE collaboration; and
  • stimulate and support local initiatives to build capacity in FE teaching and improve industry collaboration.

The programme is made up of two strands:

  • Strand 1: Financial Support for Initial Teacher Education
  • Strand 2: Industry and College/Provider Innovation Projects

Find out which colleges and providers were successful in their applications to take part in Round 1 and Round 2 of the programme.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Clive Berry via Takingteachingfurther@etfoundation.co.uk or call 020 3740 8280.