This scheme closed in July 2016, but if you are still interested then email the Further Education Team.

The Visiting Teaching Engineer (VTE) scheme brings professional female engineers or technicians into FE colleges to enrich the learning experience and create role models for those studying STEM subjects, especially females, encouraging them to pursue careers as professional engineers/technicians.

Under the scheme, an FE college will apply to host a female industrial practitioner who will support the delivery of face-to-face teaching, mentoring, careers advice and other activities comprising the learning experience. The scheme will focus on full-time level 3 engineering technician courses and encourage level 2 learners to progress to level 3. 

A recent Royal Academy of Engineering survey revealed that 96% of engineering companies asked said they anticipated difficulty in recruiting in the future and would like to broaden their recruitment pool; 83% saw diversity as critical to enhancing their capacity for innovation and creativity and 76% saw it as crucial to tackling the skills shortage. 

This scheme provides the host College with support for their VTE of up to £2500.

See how to apply for more information.

If you are a female engineer/technician and are interested in taking part in the scheme please email the Further Education Team.


VTEs are expected to perform up to 60 hours of front-line accompanied teaching duties per academic year with the objective of:

  • Increase the number of level 3 qualified engineering technicians
  • Embed frontline engineering experiences and industrial practice into the curriculum
  • Support the development of level 2 engineering learners to progress to level 3 technician level qualifications
  • Provide strong female role models for the engineering profession 
  • Increase teaching and learning capacity 
  • Provide students with up-to-date source of careers advice
  • Build stronger links built between VTE host colleges and industry
  • Contribute towards meeting the UK’s projected demand for engineering skills and diversifying the UK engineering workforce.

This scheme is generously supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

The Academy and Motorola Solutions Foundation is committed to diversity & inclusion, and welcomes applications from groups who are currently underrepresented across engineering.