Fund title: Turing Scheme
Focus of fund/fund aims:
Information about the new government scheme for work and study placements abroad for HE, FE & VET students and school pupils – due to launch in March
The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s new scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It provides an opportunity for UK schools and higher education, further education, vocational education and training sectors to offer life-changing experiences to study or work abroad to their students, learners and pupils.
The programme will support international engagement by enhancing existing partnerships and encouraging organisations to forge new relationships. It will help the participants to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability and confidence.
The scheme will open in March for applications for placements in the 2021-22 academic year as follows:
HE sector – students can attend a study or traineeship placement abroad. The placement can be with any non-UK HE provider or organisation that is active in the labour market or in the fields of education and training. Placements can last from four weeks to 12 months.
FE & VET providers – learners can go on placements to FE or VET providers or companies abroad. Placements can last from two weeks to 12 months
Schools – You can send your pupils to take part in two types of placements abroad. These are:
- short-term placements, which can last from three days to two months. These are for pupils of any age accompanied by school staff. They are to help pupils acquire social, civic and intercultural skills for their personal development, including an understanding of cultures and languages.
- long-term placements, which can last from two to six months. These are open to pupils aged at least 14 and should offer high-quality learning outcomes.
Grants are paid towards the costs of organising the placements: under each project, £315 will be provided per participant for the first 100 participants. From the 101st participant onwards, £180 will be provided per participant. Funding can also be claimed towards travel costs and living expenses.
One of the programme’s main focuses is social mobility. By ensuring all eligible participants have equal access to the Turing Scheme, the programme will provide placements for pupils, students and learners from all backgrounds. There is additional funding support eg. costs of passports, for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Further information will be available in the coming weeks on the new Turing Scheme website.
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