BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has once again been asked to run a scholarship scheme to attract trainee computing teachers, which is backed by big technology and financial firms.

This is the third year of the computing scholarships and the scheme is now open for applications. Administered by the Institute on behalf of the Department for Education, the scheme aims to help meet the growing need for computing teachers.

Bill Mitchell, director of education at BCS, said: "The number of employers involved continues to grow and this year organisations such as Goldman Sachs, Citrix and Morgan Stanley have pledged their support."

Some 120 scholarships - each worth £25,000 - will be available this year to find the very best potential trainee computing teachers. As well as the addition of Goldman Sachs, Citrix and Morgan Stanley, the scheme once again has the backing of major industry names including Microsoft, IBM, BT, Google, Metaswitch Networks, Compare the Market, HP, Toshiba and Ocado.

Launched in 2013 in partnership with the Department for Education, the scholarship scheme aims to encourage more people into teaching computing. The scheme is open to eligible applicants who start their teacher training in September 2015.

To date, the scheme has proved a success, said BCS, with more than 700 applications over the first two years. A total of 178 people have so far been awarded scholarships and the Institute has worked with over 100 schools and 12 employers who have supported the scheme.

Damian Sutcliffe, head of Emea technology at Goldman Sachs, said: "The BCS scholarship scheme will help ensure we have a teaching workforce equipped to teach the new computing curriculum. We hope that these scholars will inspire generations to study computing and follow careers in IT."

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