Maths graduates will be offered £20,000 to teach in England’s colleges, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.

Grants of £9,000 will be floated to tempt graduates to teach English or work with people with special educational needs in colleges.

Available from September, the funding is designed to improve the levels of literacy and numeracy of those studying for vocational qualifications.

Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary Vince Cable said the government money ‘will help more young people get a job’.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, welcomed the initiative but argued that it represents a failing of the government’s policies towards graduate jobs in teaching.

‘If well-qualified graduates were queuing up to become lecturers in these specialist vocational areas, the government would not have to offer large amounts of money to tempt them to do so,’ she said.

Read about other incentives to pursue graduate jobs in the public sector.

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