Around 20,000 disadvantaged students from schools, colleges and universities are set to travel around the world to work and study as the Turing Scheme continues the Government’s commitment to leveling opportunities in the UK.
Now in its second year, 38,000 students, learners and apprentices will have the life-changing opportunity to study and work abroad, 52% of whom will be from disadvantaged groups, up from 48% last year.
Students taking part in the scheme, which replaced the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ scheme, will have access to study, school exchanges and work placements in more than 150 international destinations, including the US, Japan, Canada, Thailand and the South. Africa.
More than 130 universities, 116 further education providers and 70 schools will receive grants worth £105m following a highly competitive application process across the sector.
Disadvantaged students will see more opportunities to help promote social mobility in regional areas that previously benefited less from the Erasmus+ scheme. This includes the North East of England, where 22 providers, including universities, schools and colleges in the region, are to receive a share of the funding.
The announcement builds on the success of the first year of the programme, which has seen UK students travel to every corner of the world, from Iceland to Indonesia.
Projects this year included digital technology students from New Bridge College, Oldham, which specializes in supporting students with special educational needs;
Skills Minister Alex Burgart visited Newcastle College in Newcastle this week to hear from students who traveled to Malta and Northern Italy this year on the Turing Scheme to support their studies in sport, uniformed public services, travel and tourism and health.
Skills Minister Alex Burgart said:
I am delighted that after a successful launch year, the Turing Scheme will now enable more disadvantaged students than ever before to embark on their own journeys around the world.
It was fantastic to hear directly from Newcastle College students about how their placements in Malta and Italy not only helped them with their studies but also allowed them to travel outside the UK and get a taste of independence.
This government wants to open up these opportunities to many more students from deprived regions under Erasmus+, so that students of all ages can embrace different cultures, make new friends and gain new knowledge. I hope next year’s placements will be just as inspiring.
The funding is not country specific and will therefore benefit students at all levels of the education system across the UK, including thousands of students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Other successful programs next year include cultural exchanges offered in Japan, Mauritius, South Korea and Nepal for a university with 83% of its student population from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Jamie Arrowsmith, Assistant Director for Policy and Global Engagement and Acting Director of International Universities UK, said:
International experience has the power to change lives. The Turing Scheme offers students from all corners of the UK education sector the opportunity to study, train and volunteer abroad for short or long periods that can fit in with existing commitments and program requirements.
The focus on widening access for students from non-traditional backgrounds is a real strength of the UK scheme and we are pleased to see this year’s increase in the allocation of grant funding to support less advantaged students, which demonstrates a strong commitment. From the UK Government and UK Higher Education providers to expanding access.
Turing Scheme funding enables universities to develop new and innovative partnerships with organizations around the world, as well as maintain important strategic relationships internationally. It is important that future funding for the scheme supports UK students’ appetite for international experiences to maximize the scheme’s transformational potential.
Association of Colleges International Director Emma Meredith said:
In just its first year, the Turing Scheme has provided truly worldwide, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for further education students in the UK.
Student testimonials speak to the enormous power of international mobility as an opportunity to develop personal and technical skills.
I’m so pleased that even more students will benefit in Year 2, especially those for whom working and studying abroad simply wouldn’t be possible without the Turing Scheme and the support of their college. Congratulations to all successful projects.
More disadvantaged students than ever before will be working or studying around the world through the government’s Turing scheme
SourceMore disadvantaged students than ever before will be working or studying around the world through the government’s Turing scheme