About Us

The SET for Teaching Success programme, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), will recruit, train, mentor and support individuals (trainees) who are new to teaching. Aimed at graduates and/or those with industry experience, the programme provides a unique opportunity to recruit and train FE teachers/tutors for the future. The programme recognises the need to invest in the FE workforce and develop the skills needed to address the Sainsbury Review and the government’s Post-16 Skills Plan.

About Illustration

The trainee teachers/tutors benefiting from this innovative programme will deliver the majority of their teaching within the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) subject areas, with a focus on those careers within the relevant technical routes of the Sainsbury Review and the Post-16 Skills Plan.

The programme will be building on the successful delivery of the first year of the Initial Teacher Training course, delivered by Nottingham Trent University and Derby College, in partnership with the University of Derby. This is delivering teaching qualifications to 14 staff across 6 providers (including FE Colleges and an Independent Training Provider). For phase 2 of the programme any provider offering their own or an alternative post-compulsory teacher training course is welcome to participate in the programme, subject to the course being of an appropriate standard and quality.

The programme will be delivered across two hubs, with each hub recruiting trainees. Blackburn College will deliver the programme across the North, and emfec in the Midlands and South. Programme funding will support the recruitment, training, coaching and mentoring of the recruits during the duration of the programme.

For further information on emfec’s hub contact Jonathan Poxon.

For information on Blackburn College’s hub please contact Catherine Pearson.

Why Teach in FE?

Working as a teacher in the further education and skills sector is simpler than you think, both in entry requirements, and in the qualifications available.

As with any profession, training and qualifications change over time, however the basic idea remains the same: to get high-quality teachers, you need high quality teacher education and on-the-job training (as known as continuous professional development, or CPD). Although you probably already have qualifications in your own area of work, you will find gaining a teaching qualification an important part of becoming an excellent teacher.

Through SET for Teaching Success we will provide you with the right skills to become an outstanding teacher. We will help you get a teaching qualification, provide you with opportunities for industrial placements and much more. Our aim is to equip you with the right skills to enable you to become an outstanding teacher/tutor for learners on technical routes.

Trainee comments:

“I really enjoyed everyone’s lessons and took on board lots of tips and ideas from them to help develop my own teaching practice.”

“It was very interesting learning about our peers teaching roles and experiencing a wide variety of teaching activities.”

“I really enjoyed both observing and delivering. Feedback was useful and I am looking forward to future sessions.”

Who We Are Looking For

If you are thinking about teaching in further education and have a background in Science, Engineering or Technology then this programme is for you. We are looking for graduates and/or experienced professionals, with limitless supplies of energy, enthusiasm and determination to ensure that every learner gets the best possible education.

To participate in this programme we are looking for candidates with relevant industry expertise, that have the following attributes:

  • Strong achievement in academic and/or professional, extracurricular, and/or volunteer settings
  • Sound knowledge in subject specialism
  • Self-awareness, humility, empathy and a strong sense of personal responsibility
  • Creativity, a positive outlook and readiness to take the initiative
  • A commitment to do whatever it takes to expand and assure equality of opportunities for students
  • interpersonal and team-working skills
  • The ability to adapt to changing environments
  • Leadership potential and the ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Respect for individuals’ diverse experiences and the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Strong organisational ability, including planning well and managing responsibilities effectively
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, including the ability to accurately link cause and effect and to generate relevant solutions to problems
  • Emotional intelligence, resilience and perseverance
  • Be willing and committed to study for a professional teaching qualification.

If you meet more than one of the above attributes, consider a vacancy and kick start your teaching career. Alternatively register your interest, and join our talent pool.


SET for Teaching Success will help grow the capacity of post-16 providers, working in the further education and skills sector, ensuring they are ready for, and benefit from, the changes that the Sainsbury Review will bring.


The programme is open to any post-16 training provider who has a contract with the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Trainees will be recruited and appointed by the provider under their normal terms and conditions and contract of employment. Participating providers are asked, however, to commit to offering trainees paid employment for at least the duration of their teacher training. This does not have to be a full time contract – given that the trainees will be new to teaching, it is anticipated that teaching contracts will be on a 0.6 or 0.8 FTE basis.

emfec is working in partnership with the Nottingham Trent University who have developed a SET specific pathway as part of their PCET PGCE programme. Further information on this can be found here. This course is an option, but is not mandatory. Any provider offering their own or an alternative post-compulsory teacher training course is welcome to participate in the programme, subject to the course being of an appropriate standard and quality.

The hub will fund:

  • Teacher training course fees leading to, as a minimum, the Diploma in Education and Teaching (Level 5) or a PGCE in post-compulsory education (Level 7)

The hub will provide a £5,000 grant to contribute towards:

  • Recruitment costs, including advertisements and other appropriate costs
  • Coaching and mentoring of the trainee teachers
  • A contribution towards staff replacement costs e.g. cover for the trainee teachers