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FE and VET funding

Further education (FE) and vocational education and training (VET) funding can give your learners the chance to learn and work abroad. Find out more about the different types of activities you can apply for, who is eligible to take part and how to start your FE and VET application.  

You can apply for funding to send your learners to do study and work placements abroad, which can bring life-changing benefits to those involved.

For your organisation, it is an opportunity to offer your learners a unique experience, as well as developing new partnerships and international links.  

For a participant, it is a life-changing opportunity to get hands-on experience in a new environment that will benefit their CVs. The skills they gain will bring a new perspective to their work and will help them stand out from the crowd.   

Applications are open to organisations only, and participants cannot apply directly through the application portal. More information is available on the Information for participants page.

Applications for FE and VET funding under the Turing Scheme are now closed.

  • The projects we fund
  • Before you apply
  • Application support
  • Grant rates

To take part in Turing Scheme FE and VET projects, you will need to meet certain criteria. In this section, you will find information on which organisations and participants can take part, the length of the projects and the types of activities.

Your organisation

There are different types of organisations that can apply for FE and VET projects. Your organisation must be registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory and either:

  • an FE college or school active in the field of FE and VET
  • a local or regional public authority, coordination body or other organisation with a role in the field of FE and VET
  • a company or other public or private organisation hosting, training or otherwise working with learners and apprentices in FE and VET
  • a company or other public or private organisation applying on behalf of a consortium of FE and/or VET providers

Activities

FE and VET learners, including apprentices, that are registered at a UK or a British Overseas Territory provider can take part in the scheme. You can send your learners on placements to FE or VET providers or companies abroad for the 2021-22 academic year.

Placements can last from two weeks to 12 months. For participants with special educational needs and/or disabilities, placements can start from five days, where duly justified in the application form.

Those not in permanent education or training, who may be re-training or upskilling, can also take part if their training is taking place through colleges or schools.

You can also send your learners to take part in skills competitions abroad. These can last between one and 10 days.

Learners do not need to be UK nationals to be eligible for the scheme. They can be studying full time or part time.

For participants with special educational needs and/or disabilities, activities can last five days, where duly justified in the application form.

Hosting organisations

You can send your learners to:

1. Any public or private organisation active in the field of FE and VET

2. Any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education and training. For example, such organisation can be:

  • a public or private, a small, medium, or large enterprise (including social enterprises)
  • a public body at local, regional, or national level
  • a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations, and trade unions
  • a research institute
  • a foundation
  • a school/institute/educational centre (at any level, from primary school to upper secondary education, and including vocational education and adult education)
  • a non-profit organisation, association, non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services

There are a number of steps to take before you apply. This section outlines those steps, such as reviewing your eligibility and project planning.

1. Check the eligibility criteria and funding rules

To apply for FE and VET projects, your organisation must be registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory and one or more of:

  • an FE college or school active in the field of FE or VET
  • local and regional public authorities, coordination bodies and other organisations with a role in the field of FE or VET
  • companies and other public or private organisations hosting, training or otherwise working with learners and apprentices in FE or VET
  • companies and other public or private organisations applying on behalf of a consortium of FE and/or VET providers

Read the programme guide in detail to make sure you fully understand the rules around project duration, budget and eligible participants.

2. Plan your project

Prepare a project proposal for your organisation based on the funding criteria. You should consider the aims, objectives and impact of your project. For more details on the objectives that Turing Scheme projects must focus on, visit the About the scheme page.

While you are not required to provide specific details of your partners at application stage, you will need to detail the type of partnership you intend to establish. The programme guide explains how the qualitative criteria will be scored, so ensure you have read the section on international engagement and provide details on your partnership in line with this.

3. Check the deadline

Carefully check the application deadline. We recommend submitting your application early to avoid any last-minute technical issues that may affect your application.

4. Use the application resources

Ensure you make full use of the application resources provided, including FAQs, Q&A webinars and the email helpline (once available).

Once you have applied, we will work with you to perform financial due diligence checks. We are working hard to ensure the administrative burden of the Turing Scheme is kept as low as possible and we will work with you throughout the process.

Applications for FE and VET funding under the Turing Scheme are now closed.

In this section you will find application resources for reference purposes. You can:

The deadline for FE and VET applications was Friday 7 May 2021, 12.00 noon.

Go to the application form to view your application.

Please note users will be disconnected from the application portal if idle for more than 30 minutes.

Under the Turing Scheme, UK organisations with successful applications will receive funding towards delivering placements and exchanges. This will include providing participants with grants to help cover travel expenses and costs of living and administrative funding for delivering the projects. The rates provided will be broadly in line with what was on offer under Erasmus+.

An initial outline of what will be available has been provided below. Further guidance regarding eligibility for specific elements of funding and a comprehensive list of destination country/territory groupings for cost of living will be published shortly.

Organisational support will be made available and covers the costs directly linked to the administration and implementation of a placement. 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.

An amount of funding will be provided to go towards the direct costs of travel for a placement. This will be dependent the on distance between the home and destination provider and will support the cost of the round trip. This will be available to all participants in FE and VET. All amounts available have been outlined below:

  • 10 to 99km: £20
  • 100 to 499km: £165
  • 500 to 1,999km: £250
  • 2,000 to 2,999km: £325
  • 3,000 to 3,999km: £480
  • 4,000 to 7,999km: £745
  • 8,000 to 12,000km: £905
  • 12,000km+: £1,360

The scheme will also provide financial assistance towards expensive travel by exception. If the original amount provided does not cover at least 70% of the actual costs, up to 80% of the actual costs will instead be covered.

Cost of living

An amount of funding will be provided to go towards the general cost of living for each participant. This will vary depending on sector and destination country/territory. Destination countries/territories will be grouped into three categories: Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living), Group 3 (lower cost of living).

For learners on an FE and VET placement, they will receive:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £109 per day for the first 14 days, £76 per day after the 14th day
  • To Group 2 destinations: £94 per day for the first 14 days, £66 per day after the 14th day
  • To Group 3 destinations: £80 per day for the first 14 days, £56 per day after the 14th day

To find details of which countries/territories are listed in each group, visit our cost of living groups page.

These grants will be in addition to any student finance that participants may already qualify for or are in receipt of.

Additional support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds

FE and VET participants from defined disadvantaged backgrounds will receive actual costs for additional travel expenses, including costs of visas, passports, and health insurance. We see this as crucial because travel related expenses can often be a deterrent to potential participants. To find out more about what we define as disadvantaged groups, visit the Widening access page.

Additional support for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

For participants with SEND, the scheme will fund up to 100% of actual costs for support directly related to their additional needs. This is in line with what was provided under the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ programme. Unlike Erasmus+, however, this funding will also cover preparatory visits by the sending organisation to carry out risk assessments and ensure participants will be able to equally access and take part in all elements of a placement. Pre-visits can be for a maximum duration of three days, and funding can be used for both learners and accompanying staff. Pre-visits are not available for any other purpose.

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