A new initiative entitled Pass on Your Skills is being launched today by Lifelong Learning UK aimed at encouraging engineers and health and social care professionals to pass on their experience and expertise to others by becoming a teacher, tutor or trainer in the Further Education sector.
The campaign addresses the skills shortage within these sectors, identified in the report ‘Bridging the Skills Gap’ published today to mark the launch of the initiative.
According to the report, engineering and health and social care represent two of the UK’s industries which are suffering from a skills shortage, with more than half of today’s businesses finding it more difficult to recruit employees with the skills they need than they did five years ago.
The Pass on Your Skills initiative aims to help address the issue by offering a number of free courses to professionals in two of the UK’s industries which are suffering from a skills shortage.
The Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector courses, which will be available for professionals in the engineering and health and social care industries, will be commencing in the spring.
PTLLS is an initial award, which all new entrants to teaching in the learning and skills sector will have to complete before they can teach without mentoring and support from a qualified person.
It is designed to support those embarking on teaching careers within the Learning and Skills sector and will form the early part of the initial teacher training programme leading to either Associate Teacher Learning and Skills Status or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status.