Train Too: industry secondments into Further Education

Cutting emissions coverJames Kempton and Sam Tomlin
July 2013

A strong vocational education system is vital for increasing the life chances of vocational learners and building a stronger economy. This report outlines proposals to create a national programme encouraging industry professionals to take one day a week secondments to teach their skills in Further Education colleges.

It argues that the scheme should be underpinned by six key design principles: a multiple engagement secondment model; flexibility; quality of secondees; strong championing; a strong business case for all key stakeholders; and pilot testing.

Inspired by the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning, numerous case studies and the example of Teach First’s impact in schools across the country, it argues that such a secondment scheme would benefit vocational learners, colleges, professionals and employers.

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"'Train Too' offers practical and excellent ideas for improving the quality of vocational education in this country."

- Professor Alison Wolf CBE

"I am pleased to support this excellent piece from CentreForum. Based, as it is, on many very intelligent conversations with both providers of vocational education and employers, it sets out the case for an organised scheme of teaching secondments for the best in industry, and details a set of values which must be at the heart of any such programme."

- Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Executive Director at the 157 Group of Further Education Colleges