SET for Teaching Success Programme

Make a difference - Share your skills with teaching opportunities


Blackburn College has been commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation to deliver an innovative post-16 Teacher Training Programme - SET for Teaching Success.

The Programme will recruit and train 50 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and/or those with significant and relevant industry experience from across England. There may also be scope to include existing provider staff who wish to progress into teaching positions including, for example, work-based assessors and technicians.

We are keen to hear from Providers who are interested in offering a vacancy and individuals who are interested in participating in this Programme.

Why Teach in FE?

Getting started as a teacher in the further education sector is simpler than you think, both in entry requirements, and in the qualifications available.

As with any profession, training and qualifications change over time, however the basic idea remains the same: to get high quality teachers, you need high quality teacher education and on-the-job training (known as continuous professional development, or CPD). Although you probably already have qualifications in your own area of work, you will find gaining a teaching qualification an important part of becoming an excellent teacher.

Through the SET for Teaching Success Programme we will provide you with the right skills to become an outstanding teacher. We will equip you with sector-leading training and support, to propel you into a rewarding career as an expert in teaching, learning and assessment.

Current vacancies

This programme is continuing until summer 2020, please await further vacancies at Blackburn College.

Who are we looking for?

If you thinking about teaching in further education and have a background in either Science, Engineering or Technology then this Programme may be for you. We are looking for graduates and/or experienced professionals, with energy, enthusiasm and determination to ensure that every learner gets the best possible education.

To participate in this Programme we are looking for graduates and/or those with relevant industry expertise, that have the following attributes:

  • Strong achievement in academic and/or professional, extracurricular, and/or volunteer settings
  • Sound knowledge in subject specialism
  • Self-awareness, humility, empathy and a strong sense of personal responsibility
  • Creativity, a positive outlook and readiness to take the initiative
  • A commitment to do whatever it takes to expand and assure equality of opportunities for students
  • Superior interpersonal and team-working skills
  • The ability to adapt to changing environments
  • Leadership potential and the ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Respect for individuals’ diverse experiences and the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Strong organisational ability, including planning well and managing responsibilities effectively
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, including the ability to accurately link cause and effect and to generate relevant solutions to problems
  • Emotional intelligence, resilience and perseverance
  • Be willing and committed to attending PGCE studies as required by your Provider
  • To participate in industry placements and Programme CPD activities to share best practice

If you meet one of more of the above attributes, consider a vacancy and kick start your teaching career.

The Programme

SET for Teaching Success provides a unique opportunity to recruit and train FE teachers for the future. Directly funded by the Department for Education (through the Education and Training Foundation), the Programme recognises the need to invest in the FE workforce and develop the skills needed to address the Sainsbury Review and the government’s Post-16 Skills Plan.

The Hub will fund:

  • PGCE course fees up to £6,000 (with a Provider of your choice)
  • A £5,000 organisation grant to contribute towards supply teaching costs for the prospective teachers and coaching and mentoring of the candidates
  • A contribution towards recruitment advertising costs
  • Coaching and mentoring support for the trainee teachers
  • Continuing Professional Development for the trainees and their mentors/coaches. Including technical skills knowledge

In return, partners are asked to commit to offering trainees paid employment (teaching) for at least the duration of their training (August 2017 to July 2020). This does not have to be a full time contract, but we would anticipate this being a minimum of 0.6 FTE. Providers will be asked to provide job descriptions but will of course lead on the recruitment, selection and interviewing of their own vacancies.

Industry placements to ensure and maintain current technical knowledge and skills

Get in touch 

For more information on accessing the Programme please contact either Stefano Pacelli or Catherine Pearson at Blackburn College on 01254 292406 or email

For further information on the East Midlands Hub please contact Jonathan Poxon at emfec at