Bursaries worth £1,000 are to be made available to 10,000 trainee teachers for 2012-2013, the government announced yesterday (February 23rd).
Skills minister John Hayes revealed that the funding will be made available for trainees beginning initial teacher education (ITE) ahead of a career in the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector.
"Recruiting the best talent is central to making the sector as good as it can be. Further Education is at the heart of economic revival; at the core of social renewal," he said.
Mr Hayes added that the announcement was a demonstration of the government's commitment to the FE and Skills sector and its focus on securing talented potential FE teachers.
The bursaries will be introduced for the 2012-2013 year and will enable 10,000 people to take one of two qualifications – a level 6 PGCSE or a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
A recent study by the European Commission revealed that the UK is heading towards a major shortage of people qualified to fill teaching jobs as not enough graduates are training to fill the number of jobs being vacated by retiring teachers.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels