The government has announced that 160 industry professionals will be recruited under the ‘Taking Teaching Further’ banner.

The new recruits will work as teachers in further education and will be funded as part of the £5 million programme.

The announcement was made by the Skills Minister, Anne Milton, to help support 45 education providers in recruiting experienced professionals into teaching from industry.

The professionals will be recruited from sectors including engineering, digital and construction.

There’s also another £900,000 to fund 22 projects that will examine ways to boost links between industry and further education colleges so students have the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

‘Teaching in further education is a rewarding career’

Ms Milton said: “Teaching in further education is a rewarding career and the reforming of technical education and the new T Levels means we need more staff who have industry skills and expertise to inspire the next generation.”

She added: “We’ve seen already success stories and the fund has helped 47 new teachers and 19 projects.

“I look forward to more teachers entering the profession to energise and inspire the next generation of skilled young people.”

Among those who have recruited FE teachers around the country is East Kent College with five new teachers in education and childcare, digital and construction.

The programme is part of a wider commitment by the government to support the FE sector as it gears up to introduce the new T Level qualifications from next year.

The T Levels will offer students an opportunity to gain experience so they can land a good job or go onto more training.

Praised the Taking Teaching Further scheme

David Russell, the Education and Training Foundation’s chief executive praised the Taking Teaching Further scheme and said: “It’s vital we bring the best talent from industry into the sector so they can pass their experience and expertise on to fellow teachers, trainers and learners.

“This is along with the need to deepen the link between further education and employers in the programme which is proving popular as it brings needs together and it will, we are confident, make a real long-term difference.”

Launched in 2018, the £5 million programme was created to boost the quality of the post-16 teaching workforce by offering a partnership between industry and education.

The recent FE review by Dr Philip Augar highlighted that the best way to improve college workforces around the country is to invest more money since further education is competing directly with schools, businesses and universities which offer more attractive rates of pay.