£20m funding to encourage maths teachers into FE sector

In a bid to get more graduates to enter the FE sector to teach maths, up to £20m of funding will be provided.

Functional maths is an important part of all vocational training, especially apprenticeships.  A large number of young people do not have the basic maths skills that they need to progress at work.  Over 70% of apprenticeships and traineeships are delivered by independent training providers and maths is an increasingly important part of the delivery.  The need for more maths teachers and tutors is growing.

This funding will be available to support graduates who want to teach in the FE sector and the organisations that recruit them, with the hope that by September 2015 over 500 specialist maths teachers will be in employment.

Stewart Segal CEO of Association of Employment and Learning Providers said: “A lot of people starting traineeships and apprenticeships do not have the necessary numeracy skills to get sustainable jobs and progress at work.  Many did not achieve at school and it is difficult for them to return to maths.  Training providers are doing that remedial work, often with less funding and support as they deliver the programmes in the workplace.  This funding support to encourage more people to work in the sector is welcome but we have to make sure it benefits those that need the most support.”

The grants will be managed by the Education and Training Foundation which is jointly owned by AELP, Association of Colleges and HOLEX.  AELP will be working closely with the ETF to ensure that the grants benefit the whole of the sector.