The Turing Scheme, which has been designed by the UK Government to provide global opportunities in education and training for students, has opened applications for schools, colleges and universities for the second year of the scheme.
Last year the Government announced the Turing Scheme would be funded for a further three years – and that Year 2 of the scheme will be backed by £110m.
The opening of applications for the 2022-23 academic year, enables organisations to apply to secure funding that enables students, learners and pupils, including those from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds, to undertake study or work placements around the world.
The funding application submission window starts on 31 March and ends on 29 April. Organisations can use the application guide on the Turing Scheme website to navigate the process and Capita is providing a dedicated customer service centre to handle any questions.
The Department for Education (DfE) has reconfirmed that grant rates will be the same level as the first year and that additional support will also remain in place for applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will enable them to fund the costs of travel, passports and visas.
Capita was appointed to promote and administer the scheme by the DfE in December 2021. Administration of the scheme is being delivered through the Capita-developed digital grants management platform GrantIS. Capita is now using its significant digital grants management, complex programmes and education expertise to deliver grants to tens of thousands of learners each year.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has been appointed as principal partner and will lead on the assessment of applications and support with monitoring and evaluation, building on decades of expert knowledge and experience in delivering major international mobility schemes.
Minister for Skills Alex Burghart said:
“The Turing Scheme has delivered thousands of life-changing experiences since it launched last year – opening minds and broadening horizons for students from every part of the UK – through placements in some of the world’s most exciting international destinations, from Bolivia to Brunei.
“As part of our vision for a truly Global Britain the Government is funding the Turing Scheme for a further three years, and I urge every school, college and university to make bold, creative applications for next year, so more students can travel to new frontiers to earn, learn, and grow their potential”.
Costi Karayannis, Managing Director and Client Partner for Education and Learning at Capita, said:
“The opening of applications is a key milestone for the 2022-2023 Turing Scheme. We are delighted to be working with the Department for Education and our education partners to help students from all backgrounds access global work and education opportunities.”
Dr Joanna Newman MBE, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), said:
“As a longstanding advocate of expanding access to international study experiences, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is delighted to be working with Capita and the Department for Education to support the delivery of the 2022-2023 Turing Scheme. We look forward to overseeing the assessment of Turing applications and contributing to a scheme that will enable students from all backgrounds to access transformative educational opportunities.”
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