The Teacher Placement Service is set to end in March despite cross-industry lobbying for it to continue, it emerged this week.
Leaders of 10 industry associations wrote to trade and industry secretary Margaret Beckett in December, calling on the DTI to continue to support the scheme beyond March, when its funding runs out. Each year the scheme gives 40,000 teachers hands-on experience in industry. A quarter of a million teachers have undergone placements since 1989.
‘Unless something dramatic comes out, it’s finished,’ said Ann Bailey, Engineering Employers Federation head of education and training affairs.
‘They will let it end in March. The Government is evidently considering something else but we’re not sure what. It’s a great disappointment. Any new scheme will take time to implement.’