Called the Additional Training Graduate Programme (ATGP) the Education Minister Leighton Andrews announced his intention to introduce the initiative as a pupil/school improvement programme, to support young people who face educational disadvantage.
The ATGP is aimed at high calibre graduate trainees with a range of skills including high level communication skills, strong leadership qualities, and the ability to work effectively and to see matters through despite difficulties.
Under the ATGP, graduate trainees will be employed to teach in a school on a reduced timetable while following an approved teacher training programme designed to enable them to meet the Qualified Teacher Status Standards.
The programme also includes provision for a period of pre-employment training to provide participants with the additional support needed to meet the demands of the programme.
Leighton Andrews said:
“This important scheme will put outstanding graduates exactly where they are needed to not only support young people who face educational disadvantage but to also drive up standards on the whole.”
The tender specification is being advertised on Sell2Wales. Bids from potential contractors will need to clearly demonstrate and evidence how the organisation, if appointed, propose to meet all aspects of the ATGP as set out in the tender documentation and will ideally have a proven track record in the delivery of similar training programmes.
The closing date for bids is Friday 20 August 2012 with the successful bidder awarded the contract by the end of September 2012.