A NEW £50,000 scheme has been launched to get maths boffins to work in further education.
The pilot programme is being pioneered in the North East with a partnership between East Durham College in Peterlee and South Tyneside College.
Together they have secured the cash to fund a trial to attract four top undergraduates into the classroom and train them to become specialist teachers.
The programme aims to overcome key recruitment barriers to develop a bank of expertise.
High-level graduates will be offered a bursary package to rival offers they would normally attract from employers, such as accountancy firms, which usually pay wages during training.
They will also achieve academic teaching qualifications while gaining integral experience of working in a classroom.
Suzanne Duncan, East Durham College principal and chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic project to be involved with.
“We believe this will be a great development for teaching in the North East region.”