SET for Teaching Success Programme

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Blackburn College has been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to deliver an innovative post-16 Teacher Training Programme until July 2022.

The ‘SET for Teaching Success’ Programme supports the recruitment, training and mentoring of new Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) teachers into FE.

Funding will support:

  • Up to £6,000 for Level 5 Certificate of Education/PGCE fees which can be studied face-to-face, online or through a blend of the two;
  • An organisation grant of £5,000 will be provided to support your trainee through the Programme;
  • Coaching and mentoring of the trainee teachers;
  • Continuing professional development for the trainees, including technical skills knowledge;
  • A 3 day Industry Insight placement to ensure and maintain current technical knowledge and skills;
  • Conferences and a two-day residential providing opportunities to learn together and develop a peer support network;

Blackburn College is managing the Northern Hub to support a consortia of providers. The current partners include Askham Bryan College, Bishop Auckland College, East Riding College, Furness College, Hartlepool College, Hopwood Hall College, Lakes College, Kirklees College, The Manchester College, Myerscough College, Nelson and Colne College, Preston’s College, Preston Vocational Centre, Southport College, West Lancashire College, Wigan and Leigh College, Wirral Metropolitan College and York College.

11 new teachers have completed the Programme with the Northern Hub so far, and there are currently 37 trainees on the Programme across two different cohorts. The trainees are studying either the Diploma in Education and Training or PGCE, completing in June 2021.

The training is flexible and can be delivered:

  • Face-to-face training from the FE provider where the trainee is teaching;
  • Fully online from the University of Portsmouth; or
  • Blended learning that combines the two

Trainees can be graduates, industry technical experts and veterans. There is scope to include existing staff who wish to progress into teaching positions including, for example, work-based assessors and technicians.

In return, providers are asked to commit to offering the teacher trainees paid employment (teaching) for at least the duration of their training. This does not have

to be a full time contract, but we would anticipate this being on a 0.8 FTE basis, possibly 0.6 FTE.

For further information please contact Catherine Pearson – or on 01254 292406.

A Southern Hub is being managed by the Skills and Education Group please contact Simon Feneley-Lamb –