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 2020.

The ‘SET for Teaching Success’ Programme will recruit and train a minimum of 25 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and/or those with significant and relevant industry experience.

There is scope to include existing staff who wish to include existing provider staff who wish to progress into teaching positions including, for example, work-based assessors and technicians.

Blackburn College is managing a Northern Hub to support a consortia of providers and will work in partnership with FE Colleges and Independent Training Providers to support delivery of a 1 or 2 year teaching qualification at Level 5 or above. The current partners include Bishop Auckland College, Lakes College, Lancaster and Morecambe College, Nelson and Colne College, Southport College, Wigan and Leigh College and Wirral Metropolitan College.

Blackburn College currently have 11 trainees on the Programme as a result of the first year of the Programme. The trainees are studying either the Diploma in Education and Training or PGCE, completing in June 2019.

The qualification can be delivered in-house or in partnership with another FE/HEI. The Programme provides a unique opportunity to recruit and train FE teachers/tutors for the future.

A second round of the Programme will begin from September 2018.

Hub funding will support:

  • An organisation grant of £5,000 will be provided to contribute towards the costs of:
    • Advertisements and other appropriate costs;
    • A contribution towards staff replacement costs e.g. cover for the trainee teachers
  • Up to £6,000 for Certificate of Education/Diploma in Education and Training/PGCE fees;
  • Coaching and mentoring of the trainee teachers;
  • Continuing professional development for the trainees, including technical skills knowledge;
  • An industry placement to ensure and maintain current technical knowledge and skills arranged via STEM Insight;
  • Conferences and two-day residential providing opportunities to learn together and develop a peer support network;

In return, providers are asked to commit to offering the teacher trainees paid employment (teaching) for at least the duration of their training (September 2018 to July 2020 – 2 years maximum). This does not have to be a full time contract, but we would anticipate this being on a 0.8FTE basis, possibly 0.6 FTE.

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

A Southern Hub is being managed by emfec please contact Jonathan Poxon –