The selection process for CETTs, organised by Standards Verification UK, has culminated in the announcement of eleven successful bids.
The successful partnerships have been revealed by Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Bill Rammell. The Minister said: "As part of our sweeping reforms to FE they (CETTs) will accelerate the process of identifying, developing and sharing practice and provide models for improving the quality of teacher training and support the teacher training providers."
Bill Rammell described the application and selection process undertaken by Standards Verification UK as "rigorous". SVUK devised the selection methodology for the new networks further to Lifelong Learning UK establishing the requirements for what should constitute a Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training.
Thirty eight partnerships of organisations drawn from community learning and development, FE, HE and work based learning originally expressed an intention to bid for CETTs status.
Of these, 20 were invited to make a full submission. These bids were reviewed by a final selection panel whose members represented key stakeholder organisations at a senior level.
The eleven successful consortia due to be operational from September 2007, do not conform to a single prescribed model. Also remits vary; some have a national focus whilst others concentrate on particular specialisms. All share the obligation to contribute to raising the quality of teacher training and the support available to teacher training providers across the lifelong learning sector.
To access the list of successful consortia, visit the SVUK website.