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Part time civils tutors needed

Engineers were this week urged to go back to college and teach part-time to help tackle a shortage of civils tutors.

An initiative launched on Thursday by skills council Lifelong Learning UK offers engineering professionals free teacher training and help to find part-time teaching posts.

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) training courses are part of the Pass on Your Skills initiative.

This has already produced a similar successful pilot scheme, focused on construction professionals, attracting more than 1,000 applicants for three college courses.

Pass on Your Skills project manager Saskia Coplans said: "Many professionals in the engineering sector have a huge wealth of experience and expertise.

"We are really keen to tap into this fantastic resource and urge engineering professionals to consider passing on their skills by becoming a teacher, tutor or trainer."

"Because their expertise is in demand, they can choose to get involved full time or even just a couple of hours a week," she added.

Engineering Technology Board chief executive John Morton said: "The Pass on Your Skills campaign is a much-needed practical initiative which provides guidance and intervention where it is most needed – within our further education sector.

"This of course, is only one part of the solution, which also requires the engineering community, professional engineering institutions, business and industry, learning providers and policy makers to come together to promote the vital contribution that engineers and engineering make to society and the economy."

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