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The Taking Teacher 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 have 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 across two strands. Round 2 is now open and the closing date is 15 February 2019 (Noon).

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 is on priority sectors, including the first T Level routes, and a fund of up to £5m will be 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. Round 2 will provide financial support for up to 80 industry experts and up to 20 innovative and scalable projects.

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 of the programme.

Round 2 of the Education and Training Foundation’s Taking Teaching Further (TTF) programme opened for applications on 12 December 2018.

For further information on Round 2, please see below:

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