Taking Teaching Further Programme

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline: 27 July 2018


Funding available to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education.


Fund Value: £ 5,000,000

Value Notes 

The total value of the fund is £5 million.

Strand 1 will provide funding for:

  • The full cost of up to five trainee teachers (per organisation/consortium) undertaking a Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training (DET) (over two years) funded up to a maximum of £4,000 per trainee. Delivery should be classroom- based or blended learning, not solely online.
  • The cost of additional teacher time, providing intensive support to the new teacher (for example through team teaching/work shadowing arrangements) for the first eight weeks.
  • Costs to cover the new teacher to have a reduced teaching workload for the remainder of the year (following the intensive period of support).

Strand 2 will support projects that:

  • Facilitate industry secondments into FE

This includes traditional secondments into teaching roles as well as other collaborative instances of cross-organisational activity. Examples could include seminars and masterclasses run by employers, industry-specific CPD training of FE teachers (including raising awareness of skills shortages in technical education routes), and employers mentoring teachers and students. Funding could cover the release of industry professionals and enable teacher engagement, or the development of supporting resources.

  • Facilitate FE teacher secondments into industry

This includes traditional placements of varying frequency and length. Innovative approaches - for example, teacher engagement with CPD activities for industry professionals - will also be supported. Funding could cover direct costs of participation, such as course fees, as well as supporting the release of teachers by funding cover arrangements.

  • Support collaboration between colleges/providers to successfully engage industry

This includes support for local initiatives to build capacity in FE teaching through collaboration with industry. Examples could include sharing effective practice as well as innovative reciprocal arrangements, such as the loan of state-of-the-art equipment or facilities.

Taking Teaching Further will support a range of approaches to increase the capacity of teaching through industry-related collaborations. Examples of innovation might include proposals which:

  • address barriers to teacher recruitment, through developing an understanding of the FE sector among industry professionals, and through raising the profile of exceptional FE teaching professionals;
  • utilise effective and established models of professional development, delivered in industry, in education and in professional learning settings;
  • promote and establish equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • promote the use of emerging technologies, equipment and innovative use of digital platforms and media, across industry and in education;
  • embed understanding of current and future skills shortages to support activity which emphasises and clarifies the line of sight to work in educational settings and explores the use of local and regional labour market intelligence.

Extended Description

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.

The Department for Education-funded initiative programme 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 that students can gain the knowledge and skills that employers need.

The focus will be on priority sectors, including the first T Level routes, and a fund of up to £5 million will be available.

The programme is divided into two strands:

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

Latest Information

The deadline for Round 1 applications is 27 July 2018.

Round 2 projects will start in financial year 2019-20 and will be subject to a separate application process, due to start in December 2018.

Key Criteria

The fund is open to all FE providers, including:

  • General and specialist colleges
  • National Colleges
  • Independent training providers
  • Employer-led providers
  • Third-sector training providers
  • Local authority providers
  • Adult and community learning providers.

For clarity, the bid could be submitted by an FE provider, a group of providers, or a third party representing a consortium of FE providers.

Application Procedure

Applications to Round 1 must be emailed to: Takingteachingfurther@etfoundation.co.uk by the deadline of 27 July 2018.

Round 2 projects will start in financial year 2019-20 and will be subject to a separate application process, due to start in December 2018.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available on their website.

Contact details:
Sam Antill
Education and Training Foundation (ETF) 
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road 
020 7340 8280