Crawley MP Henry Smith urges schools to apply for Government's new £110 million Turing Scheme

Henry Smith MP has urged schools in Crawley to apply for the Government’s new £110 million Turing Scheme, which will provide young people with the opportunity to study and work around the world.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:16 pm
Henry Smith MP. Picture by Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament

The landmark scheme, which replaces the UK’s participation in the EU’s Erasmus programme, will be backed by £110 million funding in 2021-22.

Schools, colleges and universities can now apply for funding, which will provide for 35,000 global exchanges from this September – a similar level to the number of exchanges which took place under the previous scheme.

Representing the Government’s clear commitment to delivering a truly Global Britain now that we have left the EU, every country in the world is eligible to partner with the UK’s world-class universities, schools and colleges.

The Turing Scheme will target students from disadvantaged backgrounds and areas who were less likely to benefit from the Erasmus programme by supporting the costs of studying and working abroad, providing up to a maximum of £490 per month, levelling up opportunity for all students.

Schools, colleges and universities will all be supported with the cost of administering the programme, and are encouraged to form partnerships around the world.

Details on the application process, including funding and eligibility levels, are available on the Turing Scheme website.

Smith said: “This pioneering scheme offers our young people a fantastic opportunity to study and work around the world, developing vital skills and experiences that will enrich their lives.

“I’m strongly encouraging our schools to apply for the Turing Scheme, so we can give students across Crawley the chance to have a world-class education with the opportunity of experiencing study abroad.”

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, added: “The Turing Scheme is a truly global programme with every country in the world eligible to partner with UK universities, schools and colleges.

“It is also levelling up in action. Unlike the Erasmus scheme, which overwhelmingly went to children from better-off homes, the Turing project is designed to help students across the country of all income groups to get to fantastic schools, colleges and universities around the world.”

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, said: "This is a landmark step in delivering on our promise to level up a truly global Britain, strengthening our ties across the world and providing students with the skills they need to thrive.

“The programme’s focus on social mobility and value for money will open up more opportunities for international education and travel to all of our students, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds who were less likely to benefit from the previous EU scheme.

“I urge all universities, schools and colleges from all corners of the UK to start their applications and partner up with countries.”