August 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Maths graduates are to be offered £20,000 to teach in England’s further education colleges, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says.
Grants of around £9,000 will also be available to graduates who opt to teach English or work with those with special educational needs (SEN) in colleges.
Ministers want to improve the numeracy and literacy skills of those studying vocational courses at FE colleges.
Unions said the move proved good graduates were not queuing up to teach.
The announcement by the BIS comes amid concerns from employers that employees have poor maths and English skills.
Around 8.1 million people – 24% of the working-age population in England – lack basic maths skills, the government’s most recent Skills for Life Survey suggests, while 5.1 million (15%) struggle with literacy.