Revealed: The FE providers to win Turing Scheme funding


Over one hundred colleges and training providers have been awarded funding under the government’s new Turing Scheme – but FE will only receive two-thirds of the promised cash owing to lack of demand.

The Department for Education has today revealed the winning bidders to the scheme, which includes 110 further and vocational education providers. Ninety-three are from England, two are from Wales, six from Scotland, and nine from Northern Ireland.

FE Week has also been told £22 million of the overall £110 million pot has been allocated to pay for FE and VET students to undertake work and study placements abroad.

Higher education institutions received just above £67 million from the scheme, and schools just under £7.5m.

This is despite one of the Turing Scheme’s delivery partners, Ecorys, telling FE Week in March the FE sector was in line for £35 million, meaning that 62 per cent of the estimate has been offered.

The Department for Education said all FE and VET providers received the full amount they bid for, adding that there was less demand from colleges and training providers than anticipated while there was greater-than-expected demand from universities.

Furthermore, just under 6,000 FE students will take part in the Turing Scheme this year, the DfE said today, which is 60 per cent of the 10,000 Ecorys had estimated.

The Turing Scheme has replaced the Erasmus+ programme the UK pulled out of last year.

Around 55 per cent of participants from the FE and vocational sector will be from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This trumps the estimated 48 per cent for the scheme overall, which includes participants from schools and universities.


Multiple successful colleges had not taken part in Erasmus

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said today the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to work and learn abroad had been “disproportionately enjoyed by those from the most privileged backgrounds” until now.

Gavin Williamson

The DfE claims a total of 40,000 individual placements will be supported through the scheme this year, which they say exceeds their own estimates.

A number of colleges which successfully bid for funding under the Turing Scheme did not take part in Erasmus, the DfE has said.

Association of Colleges chief executive David Hughes called it “encouraging to see colleges taking up all that Turing can offer – including colleges that are newer to international partnerships”.


Turing Scheme funding broken down

Placements on the Turing Scheme, named after the famous codebreaker Alan Turing, can last between two weeks and 12 months.

Colleges, schools and universities have been bidding for the funding since applications opened in March.

The bidding documents showed that, as well as taking up placements abroad, learners can also use the funding to partake of international skills competitions, which can last between one and ten days.

FE and VET applicants will receive up to £1,360 for travel costs and up to £109 per day for living costs.

Disadvantaged students will be funded at actual cost for additional travel expenses, including for visas, passports and health insurance.

Learners with SEND will receive funding for up to 100 per cent of actual costs for support directly related to their additional needs.

Providers are also set to get £315 per participant to fund organisational support for their first 100 participants, and £180 per participant over that number.

The colleges and training providers awarded funding:

Organisation nameOrganisation countryRegion
American Institute for Foreign Study (U.K.) LimitedEnglandLondon
AP Cymru LimitedWalesWales
Ashfield Boys High SchoolNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
Atlantic Whale and Dolphin FoundationEnglandEast Midlands
Basingstoke College of TechnologyEnglandSouth East
Bath CollegeEnglandSouth West
Belfast Met CollegeNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
Bishop Auckland CollegeEnglandNorth East
Bishop Burton CollegeEnglandYorkshire
Blue Stamp TravelEnglandEast Midlands
Borders CollegeScotlandScotland
Bradford CollegeEnglandYorkshire
Bridgwater and Taunton CollegeEnglandSouth West
Brighton Third Sector Training Ltd.EnglandSouth East
Burton and South Derbyshire CollegeEnglandEast Midlands
Camborne Science and International AcademyEnglandSouth West
Capacity London LtdEnglandLondon
Capital City College GroupEnglandLondon
Cheshire College – South & WestEnglandNorth West
Cheshire Training ExchangeEnglandNorth West
City College PlymouthEnglandSouth West
ColegauCymru / CollegesWales LtdWalesWales
Croydon CollegeEnglandSouth East
David Campbell Event Management LimitedEnglandNorth West
Discovery College YMCAEnglandSouth West
Divad Training LtdEnglandLondon
DN Colleges GroupEnglandEast Midlands
DSC RegenEnglandLondon
Dungannon United Youth C.I.CNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
East Coast CollegeEnglandEast of England
East Coast CollegeEnglandEast of England
East Sussex College GroupEnglandSouth East
Eat That Frog C.I.C.EnglandSouth West
Eco Chateau Training CICEnglandSouth East
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.ScotlandScotland
Erasmus Academy UK Ltd.EnglandLondon
European Strategic Partnerships Ltd.EnglandLondon
EuroTrain PlatformEnglandSouth East
Everything Possible CICEnglandYorkshire
Exeter CollegeEnglandSouth West
FCV International Football AcademyEnglandEast Midlands
Football Management Company (NI) LtdNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
Gecko Programmes LtdEnglandWest Midlands
Gecko Programmes LtdEnglandWest Midlands
Genius Solutions Limited trading as Languages Training & Development (LT&D)EnglandSouth East
Glasgow Clyde CollegeScotlandScotland
Glasgow Girls FCScotlandScotland
Global Vision Initiative (formerly Vision 2020 Leadership Initiative)EnglandNorth West
GotocoEnglandSouth East
Grampus Heritage and Training LtdEnglandNorth West
Greater Brighton Metropolitan CollegeEnglandSouth East
Haringey Sixth Form CollegeEnglandLondon
HSDCEnglandSouth East
Ikkaido LtdEnglandSouth East
Invest in Sport LimitedNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
IVOLO LTDEnglandWest Midlands
John Leggott CollegeEnglandEast Midlands
KBM Media Solutions LTDEnglandLondon
Lincoln CollegeEnglandEast Midlands
Lionheart in the Community (LITC)EnglandLondon
London Mobility Company 2000 Ltd.EnglandLondon
London South East CollegesEnglandSouth East
Luminate Education GroupEnglandYorkshire
NCG (Colleges)EnglandNorth East
New City CollegeEnglandLondon
New Collaborative Learning TrustEnglandYorkshire
New College LanarkshireScotlandScotland
New College SwindonEnglandSouth West
New College SwindonEnglandSouth West
North Liverpool AcademyEnglandNorth West
North West Regional CollegeNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
Northfleet Technology CollegeEnglandSouth East
Nottingham CollegeEnglandEast Midlands
Nova Payroll Management Services Ltd. t/a Pin Point TrainingEnglandNorth East
Oldham CollegeEnglandNorth West
Park View AcademyEnglandNorth East
PetrocEnglandSouth West
PGL Training (Plumbing) LimitedEnglandSouth West
RiSE InternationalEnglandLondon
RNN GroupEnglandYorkshire
Royal Academy of Culinary ArtsEnglandLondon
Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)EnglandLondon
SLCP Thunder CICEnglandLondon
South Devon CollegeEnglandSouth West
South Eastern Regional CollegeNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
South West CollegeNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
Southern Regional CollegeNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
Stanmore CollegeEnglandSouth East
Strode CollegeEnglandSouth West
Student Athlete NetworkEnglandEast of England
T.E.E.P. (Training Education and European Project)EnglandLondon
Tameside CollegeEnglandNorth West
The Bournemouth and Poole CollegeEnglandSouth West
The Canterbury AcademyEnglandSouth East
The Isle of Wight CollegeEnglandSouth East
The Language Alliance LimitedEnglandYorkshire
The Sheffield CollegeEnglandYorkshire
The TEC PartnershipEnglandEast Midlands
The Trinity Catholic SchoolEnglandEast Midlands
The White Horse FederationEnglandSouth West
Twin Training InternationalEnglandLondon
UK Work Placement LtdEnglandNorth West
UK-Certified Knowledge AssociationEnglandLondon
University College BirminghamEnglandWest Midlands
Volunteer International C.I.C.EnglandLondon
Whitehead-Ross Education and Consulting Ltd.EnglandSouth East
Wigan and Leigh CollegeEnglandNorth West
Wirral Metropolitan CollegeEnglandNorth West
Zone Out PartnershipScotlandScotland


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  1. Bill Blythe

    I hope DfE don’t take an implication from this that FE isn’t interested and the money should go to HE – we had 2020 Erasmus funding which we rolled over into 2021/2022 hence not needing to bid for as much of the Turing pot. Had we not had that funding, then our ask would have been much higher. It is also clear that the way in which they’ve split level 2 (schools route) and level 3 (FE and VET) with such different rules will naturally mean there is lower take up as it disadvantages FE colleges. There does appear to be a complete lack of understanding about the nature and volume of Level 2 provision in colleges.