The UK Government last week opened applications for the Turing Scheme, the UK’s new study and work abroad programme, which launched last year. The Turing Scheme will provide funding to schools, colleges, and universities to allow students to study and work across the globe. The scheme is open to higher education providers, further education and vocational training providers, and schools, with learners as young as four years old able to take part.
The scheme, which is backed by £110 million for its first year of operation, will replace the Erasmus+ scheme with an increased focus on global rather than EU-only travel. Through the scheme, the UK Government aims to improve social mobility by targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds and areas where students did not normally benefit from Erasmus+. From the scheme, the UK Government also hopes to foster closer international relations through cultural exchange and learning.
The funding provided will differ depending on an individual’s age, type of placement and the location of the placement. However, as an example, university students from disadvantaged backgrounds will receive a maximum of £490 per month towards living costs, as well as additional funding for travel and for the offsetting of costs such as visas and insurance.
This is really welcome news and the Turing Scheme represents a truly global opportunity. Importantly, the scheme represents a very exciting opportunity for individuals from across Wrexham to take part in study and work abroad; whether you are a student at Glyndwr University, taking part in further education scheme at Coleg Cambria or are a younger learner at one of the many primary or secondary schools across the town, you will have the opportunity to make the most of this new funding.
I would urge any interested education establishments to come forward and submit an application and, as ever, my email will always be open to provide assistance for any establishment in Wrexham that is interested in knowing more.