Dr Neil Hudson MP has welcomed the Conservative Government’s £105 million investment through the Turing Scheme, boosting opportunities to study and work overseas for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the country.
Over 40,000 people across the UK will get the transformational opportunity to study or work abroad in the next academic year, gaining new skills for life and work.
Disadvantaged students are set to take up two thirds of the international study and of work opportunities available from September, more than ever before, as part of to the government’s flagship Turing Scheme.
The Turing Scheme is widening access to international opportunities in education and training, with more than 22,800 Higher Education placements, over 6,700 school placements, and more than 10,500 Further Education and Vocational Education and Training placements. The scheme is open to education providers and other eligible organisations across the UK. Canada, Japan and the United States among over 160 international destinations where students will be funded to take up work and study placements
Dr Neil Hudson MP, said:
"Having worked in the Higher Education sector, I have seen first-hand just how rewarding work or study abroad programmes can be for young people. And with two thirds of next year's intake coming from disadvantaged backgrounds this widened access will boost social mobility and help our young folk flourish in an increasingly globalised economy.
"This is an incredible triumph for Global Britain and something I wholeheartedly support."
Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Robert Halfon added:
“Once again, this transformational scheme is extending the ladder of opportunity for more young people to experience other cultures and learn vital skills for life and work, regardless of their background.
“With nearly a 50 per cent increase in the number of successful applications and around 1,800 additional learners from disadvantaged backgrounds in the FE sector compared to last year, I am delighted that this scheme is driving social mobility.
“Young people taking part will benefit from inspirational placements around the world that will build the confidence they need for their future, whilst bolstering the government’s ambition for a Global Britain.”