The Teacher Placement Scheme under which 40,000 teachers a year are given short secondments with local companies has received a stay of execution.
The Government had said that funding would be withdrawn at the end of March 1998, but it has renewed the scheme for another year.
The move is being hailed as a success by the Engineering Employers’ Federation. It has led a united campaign by 10 leading business organisations including the Federation of the Electronics Industry and Society of British Aerospace Companies to support the industry-education partnership.
Core funding for the scheme will continue for 1998 99 at current levels. But the Government has said that there will be a fundamental review of education and business links, including teacher placements, to ensure a more integrated approach in the future.