The SET for Teaching Success programme was set up to recruit, train, mentor and support new teachers of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), with a focus on technical education. Funded by the Education and Training Foundation, the programme provides a response to the well-documented teacher shortages being experienced in key subject areas. It also offers its recruits a unique opportunity to develop additional skills and experience to bring to their teaching.

Programme recruits access high-quality Initial Teacher Education (ITE) aligned with opportunities for industrial or academic placements, subject updating and Technical and Knowledge Skills Enhancement (TKSE). The resulting cohort of new teachers and potential leaders will be well equipped to work towards outstanding provision in the sector for learners on technical routes.

Programme funding supports the recruitment, training, coaching and mentoring of students, and/or experienced professionals, who will teach Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) related subject areas.

The candidates will study for and be expected to achieve either a:

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (Level 7), but depending on the provider this may lead to the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) (Level 6)
  • Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)
  • Diploma in Education and Training (DET) (Level 5).

The expectation is that the course will run for either one to two years.

38 trainee teachers joined the programme in September 2021, but there are still places available for eligible teachers to join. The closing date for recruitment has been extended to 31 March 2021.


Trainee teachers must:

  • be a graduate or have relevant industry expertise and be educated to at least full level 3 (but only with considerable industry experience)
  • normally have a GCSE A*-C in maths, and preferably English too
  • be new to teaching (normally started Sep 2019 onwards) i.e. no internal promotions unless moving from a strong non-teaching role into teaching for the first time

Other attributes will include:

  • 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
  • superior 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 attending ITE lectures and additional technical skills and knowledge enhancement events (TSKE).

Programme Funding:

The programme will provide:

  • a maximum contribution of £6,000 towards PGCE/ProfGCE/DET/Cert Ed course fees
  • a grant of £5,400, per trainee, as a contribution towards the costs of:
  • industry insight placement
  • staff replacement costs e.g. cover for the trainee teachers
  • coaching and mentoring of the trainee teachers
  • coaching and mentoring training for staff assigned to supporting the trainees' recruitment costs
  • continuing Professional Development for the trainees and their mentors/coaches, including technical skills knowledge
  • remission funding for industrial placements to ensure and maintain current technical knowledge and skills


Trainee teachers have to be in paid employment for the duration of their time on the programme, typically 12 or 24 months depending on the duration of the initial teacher education. This does not have to be a full-time contract, but should be at least on a 0.8 FTE basis, possibly 0.6 FTE.

For further information about SET for Teaching Success contact Simon Feneley-Lamb.