Taking Teaching Further Sussex (TTF Sussex) is a new industry mentoring programme, supporting professionals in construction, STEM and digital sector roles to work closely with tutors and course designers within post-16 technical education.
TTF Sussex forms part of the Department for Education (DfE) funded Taking Teaching Further initiative managed on its behalf by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). The initiative is funding Further Education (FE) providers to encourage experienced industry professionals from key sectors into full or part-time FE teaching roles. Taking Teaching Further also supports the ongoing exchange between FE providers and industry so that students can gain the knowledge and skills that employers need.
The Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP) is a local member network of FE, skills & work-based learning providers, strategic partners and associate organisations. SCTP has nearly 100 members, ranging from micro-providers through to some of the largest colleges, local authorities, universities and training providers in the country. A thriving associate and partner membership also includes a number of national awarding bodies, eLearning providers, Local Authorities and CEIAG networks.
The innovative new TTF Sussex scheme has been devised by SCTP to generate new and improved opportunities for industry professionals to enter vocational and technical teaching, and to support curriculum development through sharing of insight and skills. TTF Sussex will fully explore these opportunities with participants throughout the scheme, and offer practical support to those in industry, considering ∗dual professional teaching and assessing roles alongside their industry practice.
SCTP recently undertook a regional ‘Teach Too’ research project that consulted with over 40 Sussex based employers, colleges and training providers. Findings highlighted a critical shortage of construction, engineering and tech sector specialists being involved in the design and delivery of training, needed by people in Sussex in order to develop their careers, in these growth sectors.
We understand that Sussex (particularly Brighton, Hastings and Worthing) is the freelance and home-working capital of the UK, with more people opting for portfolio careers and dual professionalisms than anywhere else. However, teaching or mentoring in technical and vocational education is rarely promoted to this group of professionals as a career development opportunity.
Could you see yourself shaping, influencing and developing the future of vocational training in your industry?
What does the project involve?
Following a straightforward application process, successful applicants will be matched with a local course leader in order to co-design a mentoring programme. An independent facilitator will help you and your mentor to create an exciting programme of learning, teaching, work-shadowing, advising on latest industry knowledge and challenging assumptions.
You will need to be able to commit to:
• Attending a short, facilitated workshop on the programme with your allocated mentor.
• Completing up to 42 hours of placement/work shadowing, over a four-month period.
Bursaries of up to £800 are available to industry mentees who complete the programme, with further financial support for training and qualifications depending on location and sector.
If you want to find out more about careers in FE teaching prior to submitting an application, please visit the Education & Training Foundation website.
FOR EDUCATION & TRAINING
Working closely with a professional from the above sectors as a mentor – sharing knowledge and skills to provide a better understanding of the FE sector and how their professional subject is taught. In addition, helping your mentee discover what a role in FE could look-like for them. As a mentor, tutors will better understand from their industry partner how to embed current professional best practice into teaching.
Tutors and industry professionals would need to commit to:
• Attending a short, facilitated workshop on the programme with your allocated mentee.
• Supervising up to 42 hours of placement/work shadowing, over a four-month period.
• Visiting industry workspaces as part of structured CPD.
Bursaries of up to £400 are available to FE colleges and independent training providers to help cover any expenses incurred by the project.
To get the best result from this project, we require industry participants to have a minimum of two years consecutive experience within their sector (if you have moved between any of the above we will consider your application if your cumulative time across one or more is a minimum of two years).
Teaching staff are required to have a minimum of two years fully qualified teaching experience in a relevant subject area.
We welcome applications from all ages, genders, ethnicities, lived experience and background, and are particularly interested in hearing from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and women with expertise in construction, engineering and digital technology as they are currently under-represented within these sectors.
How do I get involved?
If you are an industry professional seeking a mentor, there is a two stage application process to be assigned a mentor. Follow this link to a short application form.
If your first stage application is successful, you will be contacted to arrange a time for a 20-30 minute call to talk through some further specifics around your interest in Further Education (FE) teaching as a dual professionalism.
If you are not successful at this stage you will receive an email from our team with feedback on your application and any suitable/relevant information, advice or signposting to alternative projects or support.
If you are a tutor/curriculum leader working in either a FE college or independent training provider and would like to get involved/become a mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the opportunity.