Institutions recognized for their good practice in the provision of initial training and continuing professional development for teachers working for further education colleges or providers of work‐based and adult and community learning in the UK. They are charged with contributing to the further raising of national standards in this field, and are central to the reforms in initial teacher training for the learning and skills sector set out in the 2004 policy document Equipping our Teachers for the Future: Reforming Initial Teacher Training. Institutions were invited to apply for CETT status through a system referred to as ‘bidding’. Those which were successful became operational in September 2007 under the supervision of Lifelong Learning UK, at the same time as staff undergoing teacher training for that sector began working towards qualifications that would gain them qualified teacher learning and skills status. Each Centre is required to gather together bodies of best practice, both in materials and in the deployment of human resources, to be disseminated regionally. They are also responsible for directing potential teachers to appropriate institutions, a function which is particularly important in Skills for Life teacher education, where subject‐specific qualifications were unlikely to be available at the majority of colleges at any one time.