Date lodged: 9 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether the proposed £20,000 career-change bursary to attract teachers in STEM subjects will be available only to people in specific industries or jobs and, if so, (a) which and (b) how long a graduate would have to have been employed in that sector to qualify.
Answered by: John Swinney 16 October 2017
Bursaries will be available to career changers wishing to undertake an initial teacher education course in Scotland that leads to the award of registered teacher status in one of the specified subjects, Maths, Physics, Technical Education and Computing Science.
We do not envisage that the bursary will be made available only to people from specific industries. We are currently working on the precise detail of the eligibility criteria and a delivery model. Further details will be made available shortly.