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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

New £20,000 STEM Teacher Training Bursaries

People seeking to change career and become teachers in priority science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects can apply for one of a hundred new £20,000 bursaries from 03 April.

The bursary – for post-graduate teacher training courses starting in August – is the latest in a series of measures the SNP Government is taking to recruit more teachers and develop Scotland’s STEM capacity through school subjects such as maths, computing science, physics and technical education.

Education Secretary John Swinney MSP said:

“Developing Scotland’s STEM talent and capability will drive economic growth and increase innovation. The key to having more young people enthused and inspired to learn and take up jobs and careers in these fields is having great STEM teachers.

“We know there are people with the talent and experience needed to inspire the next generation and we want a career in teaching to be accessible to a wider range of people.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP added:

“In line with our manifesto commitments, the SNP is widening access to educate and train more people to become the GPs, engineers and teachers we need. 

“These new STEM bursaries will make it easier for those considering a career change to become teachers.

“By making a move into teaching a real possibility for many more people, we will increase teacher numbers in a responsible and sustainable way.

“I would encourage anyone with a STEM background who is considering becoming a teacher, to find out more about the application criteria for the bursary at:



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