So, we are continuing the self-indulgent saga this week. If you missed our blog last week, it was introducing you to our team on the ground, it can be found here. We mentioned some of the programmes that we are currently working and found that many of our providers wanted to know more about the projects listed, so that brings us to this blog.

KATO is currently focusing on four programmes:

TRIP: Three regional Knowledge Hubs have been established as part of the Education and Training Foundation’s T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer that was launched at end of April. The offer, which is funded by the Department for Education until March 2020, has helped to ensure that further education and post-16 providers in the first two tranches are T Level ready, and has supported those wanting to deliver them later. This has been achieved by ensuring that teachers and trainers have the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence needed to deliver a high-quality T Level programme from the outset.

The Knowledge hubs help to achieve this through teacher development networks and collaborative activities focused on T Level routes, pathways and subject-specific themes. Employers and professional bodies are engaged to ensure that learning and practice reflects industry needs. The three Hubs are delivered by the Skills and Education Group, Association of Colleges and Creative Education.

Become a Lecturer: The Become a Lecturer campaign is part of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) funded Teaching for Growth project. This has included bursaries to help pay for teacher training qualifications for new lecturers entering further education (FE) from industry, and marketing activities to promote access to teaching careers with colleges and independent training providers.

The campaign and the website primarily aims to raise public awareness of the exciting range of teaching career opportunities available in further education across the SE Region. It also aims to stimulate movement of skilled people from industry in to the FE workforce, to support future economic growth and productivity.

ASK, Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge: The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme (ASK) is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education. The programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free support to develop and transform how their students think about apprenticeships.

Schools can access a variety of support including

  • Student awareness sessions
  • CPD for teachers
  • Parents events

Providing advice to students at an earlier age, services have been extended to include students in KS3, to help spark an interest in the apprenticeship pathways and give them more time to consider the wide variety of apprenticeship options available to them.

Kent & Medway Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony:

What is this event?

A graduation celebration for apprentices who have successfully completed their qualification to be held at the prestigious Rochester Cathedral. Each apprentice will be able to invite their employer and family to share their special moment. The afternoon includes a full graduation ceremony with graduate gowning and photographs and a separate VIP business drinks reception.

Who can be nominated?

Any apprentice who has completed their qualification, at any level or discipline, between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 and is either Kent and Medway based or has a Kent and Medway based provider can be nominated.

KATO are consistently working towards supporting our providers through projects mentioned above, constantly looking for new opportunities to become involved in the projects across Kent and Medway and would love to know of any new projects that a KATO insight could support.


The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed how we live, work and learn. First and foremost, I want to assure everyone that the safety of you and your loved ones are the most important thing at the moment. This has definitely given us some time to take perspective on our lives and reflect on the positives and negatives.

The “new normal” of this public health emergency coupled with the guidance around physical distancing also makes this a trying time for young people, parents and others who support education, including teachers, assessors & tutors. While no one knows how long our current state will last, for now, I want to let the KATO community know that much-needed help and flexibility is already in motion as you are feeling the impact in your search for your next steps whether that be education and/or employment

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