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Further Education teacher training incentives announced

The Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, has today announced new initial teacher training (ITT) incentives for eligible students undertaking postgraduate courses of further education (FE) in the 2012/13 academic year.

A grant of £1,000 will be payable to all new eligible students starting full-time, pre-employment, postgraduate further education ITT courses in the 2012/13 academic year, across all subjects other than science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related subjects, Welsh and Life Skills of Literacy and Numeracy.  

A higher grant of £3,000 will be made available to eligible students training to teach STEM related subjects, Welsh and Life Skills of Literacy and Numeracy.  

Leighton Andrews said:

“We are making PGCE (FE) ITT incentives available to target our highest recruitment priorities, including support for the teaching of literacy and numeracy, whilst recognising the importance placed on recruiting quality teachers across all subjects in the FE and skills sector.  

"These incentives will help attract good quality students to train as FE teachers in Wales, and support ITT providers in Wales which run these courses to compete effectively for the most talented applicants.”

Notes

The incentives relate to full-time, pre-employment, postgraduate further education ITT courses commencing in the 2012/13 academic year only.  They do not apply to ITT courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status for individuals wishing to teach in maintained schools.

Similar grants are available in England.

Grants are available to students on designated courses meeting specified eligibility criteria. Terms and conditions apply.  

The subject categories where a PGCE (FE) ITT incentive would apply in the 2012/13 academic year are as follows:-

All subjects (with the exception of those detailed below):- a £1,000 incentive payment is available to eligible students studying full-time, pre-service postgraduate ITT FE courses.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics related subjects, literacy, numeracy and Welsh:- a £3,000 incentive payment is available to eligible students studying full-time, pre-service postgraduate ITT FE courses as set out below.

Maths subjects:

  • Applied Maths
  • General Maths  
  • Maths and mechanics
  • Maths and statistics
  • Pure Maths
  • Statistics

Skills for Life – Literacy and Numeracy

Science subjects:

  • Applied Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Conservation
  • Earth science
  • Ecology
  • Electronics
  • Environmental science
  • General Science  
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Physics
  • Sports science

Technology and Engineering:

  • Auto Electricians
  • Car maintenance
  • Design and development engineering
  • Design and Technology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electroplating
  • Engineering studies
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Metal plate engineering
  • Motor mechanics/engineers
  • Motor sport mechanisation
  • Production and process engineering
  • Refrigeration engineering
  • Resistant Materials Technology
  • Tool making and fitting
  • Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitting
  • Vehicle and spray painting
  • Vehicle bodybuilding and airing
  • Welding and fabrication

Welsh

Information and Communication Technology

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer engineers
  • Computer studies
  • IT Operations

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