Revealed: 37 colleges and providers chosen for first wave of Taking Teaching Further funding

The first colleges to train 80 industry experts as teachers for part of the £5 million Taking Teaching Further scheme have been announced.

The programme seeks to recruit industry specialists and retrain them to work in the post-16 and FE workforce, in an attempt to bring in more “diverse experiences and skills”.

The scheme was unveiled in June, when it was announced that each provider would receive up to £20,000 to train up to five “experienced industry professionals” in a level-five diploma in education and training.

This first round will focus on “priority sectors”, including T-levels in the fields of education and childcare, digital and construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing and other STEM subjects.

On Friday, skills minister Anne Milton revealed the initial 23 providers who will take part in the programme and recruit 80 “expert” teachers, comprising 20 colleges, a county council and two independent learning providers.

Also announced were 20 providers who will split £900,000 in funding to run “innovative projects”, exploring how industry and FE can work together.

Some lucky institutions appear on both lists, and will be receiving money for both training industry experts and creating innovative projects, including Calderdale College, East Kent College, Northampton College, Petroc College, Walsall College and the Learning Skills Partnership.

“We are transforming technical education in this country with the introduction of new T-levels,” Ms Milton said. “We want staff with industry skills to pass on their expertise to the next generation.

“I’m thrilled that we have a chance to bring industry to colleges and it will be exciting to see the differences they can make to their colleges and the students they teach.”

David Russell, chief executive of the Education and Training Foundation, which is managing the programme, said it will “add significant impetus to the recruitment of world-class teachers and trainers into FE”.

“Those who have been successful in this first tranche will set a new benchmark for bringing in talent and expertise to improve technical teaching and support the development of our brilliant FE workforce.”

The next round of the Taking Teaching Further programme will open for applications in December. 

The providers hosting the first TTF teachers 

Blackpool and the Fylde College 

Bridgewater and Taunton College

Buckinghamshire College Group 

Calderdale College

Capital City College Group 

City College Norwich 

City College Plymouth 

East Kent College 

Grimsby Institute 

Kirklees College 

Lakes College

Learning Skills Partnership 

Leicester College 

Northampton College 

Northumberland County Council 

Oldham College 

Petroc College 

Reaseheath College 

St Helens Chamber

Tameside College 

Walsall College

West Suffolk College


Providers to run first projects

Abingdon and Witney College

Bath College

Blackburn College

Bournemouth and Poole College

Calderdale College

DN Colleges Group 

East Kent College

Genius Solutions 

Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network 

Harlow College

Learning Skills Partnership 

London South East Colleges

North Kent College

Northampton College

Petroc College

Sandwell College

The Consortium of Vocational and Educational Trainers

The Isle of Wight College 

Walsall College 

Weston College




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