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Teachers In Demand

Teachers In Demand

''Government proposals to allow ''talented career-switchers and graduates'' to enter teaching after six months, is one of several plans for the reform of public services issued this week. Working Together - Public Services on Your Side, the Government white paper, encourages more people from a wide range of professional backgrounds to seek a career-change to teaching. People could qualify as a teacher in six months, rather than the usual year. ''
 
Martyn Best, Deputy Managing Director of Hays Education, comments:
At a time when we are hearing constantly about the recession and redundancies, education is one of the few sectors that is still suffering from skills shortages. Teachers are in high demand and maths and science teachers are particularly sought after. Jobseekers are increasingly considering teaching as a career option - applications to hays.com/education have increased by 280% compared to the same time last year. Given the high numbers of white-collar workers who are now looking for work, it makes perfect sense to look for new ways to make use of their skills. However, the teaching gaps cant be solved with a quick fix. Whilst there are many transferable skills which will be invaluable to a school, there are also areas which need considerable training and practical experience in order to excel this shouldnt be underestimated for such a challenging profession. Schools should be looking to tap into the talent which is coming onto the market, but the extensive training involved in becoming a teacher is essential schools wont compromise their standards.

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