This scheme will close on 11  July 2017 at 4pm and is only open to UK establishments.

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 enhancing 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. 

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 Education team.


The scheme provides FE Engineering Departments with funding of up to £2,500 for the appointment of a female STEM professional as a Visiting Teaching Engineer (VTE). VTEs are expected to:

  • Support the department by providing assistance with front-line teaching duties alongside a lecturer
  • Enrich the FE STEM learning experience with current industrial knowledge and practice for full time level 3 technician courses
  • Help encourage level 2 students onto level 3 technician courses
  • Help the college build stronger relations with industry
  • Provide ad hoc mentoring and careers advice to students

This scheme is generously supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation.