How to apply for T-level teacher training funds

Details of how providers can ask for money to train industry experts who will teach the first T-levels have been revealed by the Education and Training Foundation.

A £5 million pot, managed by the ETF on behalf of the Department for Education, was unveiled this morning by skills minister Anne Milton.

Up to £20,000 per provider, to train up to five “experienced industry professionals” in a level five diploma in education and training, is on offer.

The deadline for applications is July 27.

An ETF spokesperson said the focus was on “priority sectors, including the first T-level routes”.

These key sectors include digital, construction, and education and childcare – the first T-level pathways planned for rollout from 2020.

The other key government priority area, engineering and manufacturing, is the fourth sector covered.

The cash will provide funding for the full cost of up to five trainee teachers per organisation or consortium “taking a level five diploma in education and training over two years” and “funded up to a maximum of £4,000 per trainee”.

This will cover costs of teacher training, while additional funding will be available for support and mentoring.

Candidates must be industry professionals, defined as an “individual who has worked for a minimum of three years in their area of vocation and is, at the time of applying, still working in that same industry, or has been within the past 18 months”.

They must not yet hold a “substantive” teaching qualification.

The aim is to support up to 50 industry experts to become FE teachers in 2018-19 and 100 more in 2019-20.

An ETF spokesperson said the programme, called Taking Teaching Further, will “initially run for two years to test how best to encourage and support experienced industry professionals from key sectors into FE teaching, full- or part-time, and to support an ongoing exchange between FE and industry so students can gain the knowledge and skills that employers need”.

The programme is open to all FE providers, including general and specialist colleges, independent training providers, employer-providers, third-sector training providers, local authority providers, and adult and community learning providers.

A second strand will provide support for 40 “innovative” projects that help develop better local partnerships between industry and providers – including secondments funded for industry experts to teach and provide mentoring, and FE teachers to work in industry.

Applications must be submitted to Takingteachingfurther@etfoundation.co.uk and received by 12 noon on July 27.

The application form can be downloaded as a separate document here: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/takingteachingfurther