Following the successful launch of SELEP’s Teaching for Growth project in 2019, the new Become a Lecturer campaign and website has launched to provide industry experts across the SELEP patch with a wealth of information on how to make use of their skills in a teaching environment by becoming a lecturer, tutor or assessor in Further Education.
Across the South East LEP area, there is particular demand for lecturers in Engineering, Construction, Digital Technologies, plus Health and Care professions. The new website highlights current vacancies and supplies further information on the roles and benefits of FE lecturers.
The Teaching for Growth campaign delivers bursaries of up to £4,000 each, to contribute to teacher training costs in priority sectors. Targets have already been exceeded, with more than 70 bursaries already secured in total across the SELEP area.
About the Delivering Skills of the Future Through Teaching: Teaching for Growth project
The Delivering Skills of the Future Through Teaching: Teaching for Growth project aims to tackle the current teacher shortage by highlighting the benefits of working in education and offering bursaries to attract industry experts.
The campaign has already begun delivering bursaries of up to £4,000 each, to contribute to teacher training costs in priority sectors, including construction, logistics, engineering, healthcare and digital. Targets have been exceeded with 73 bursaries already secured in total across the SELEP area, which covers East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. The programme is also now opening up opportunities in level 3 teacher training qualifications, responding to need and enabling more bursaries.
The South East LEP’s Skills Advisory Group was awarded £166,600 from the South East LEP’s £500,000 Sector Support Fund – which is available to support one-off, discrete pieces of work of a pan-LEP nature – after the LEP’s Accountability Board agreed to fund the project at its meeting in September 2019.
SELEP’s Skills Advisory Group is working alongside FE Sussex, the Sussex Council of Training Providers, Kent Further Education, Kent Association of Training Organisations, the Essex Provider Network and the Federation of Essex Colleges. The funding from the LEP is matched with contributions from Essex County Council and East Sussex County Council to deliver the £247,900 project.