Canadian teachers helping to fill UK school staff vacancies
Eteach undertook a major international campaign to stem the shortage of teachers in UK schools back in February of this year. While the government is in the early stages of building relationships with target countries, Eteach is ahead of the game, with thousands of Canadian educators already registered with their service and ready to work in UK schools.
The numbers of trainee teachers in the UK has fallen to their lowest numbers since 2007 and the government has missed its recruitment targets in key subjects for three years in a row. According to the Greater London Authority, London alone will need an extra 400,000 school places in the next two decades, putting an additional pressure on teacher numbers.
Eteach took on the challenge of finding new sources of talent by recruiting international teachers long before the government followed suit. The firm identified Canada as a country with a surplus of well trained teachers, complimented by a culture and curriculum that fits with the UK. In a strategic move, with the needs of UK schools at heart, Eteach launched its new talent recruitment team in January 2015, consisting of not only expert recruiters but a dedicated marketing and research team to ensure that their company’s reach is truly global.
The leading education recruitment service has also exhibited at education career fairs throughout Australia and New Zealand in a bid to uncover the excellent teachers in those countries, who are enthusiastic travellers as well as excellent classroom practitioners. Teachers in the target countries are often trained in multiple subjects, have full UK working rights for a minimum of two years and are eligible for UK qualified teaching status.
And in a reversal of brain drain, Eteach has started a repatriation program for the British International Schools sector where there are estimated to be over 200,000 British trained teachers, some of whom may be interested in returning to the UK.
Eteach CEO Paul Howells said, “We’re at the sharp end of the teacher recruitment crisis and see at first hand the difficulties faced by schools across the country in recruiting and retaining top talent. Our efforts to find teachers in like-minded countries overseas was a direct response to this. It’s pleasing to see the government has followed our lead. If the Department for Education needs any advice on the recruitment landscape in these countries, we’d be more than happy to share our experience.
“Our first batch of Canadian teachers have already started to make a difference in UK classrooms but that’s only a start. We will continue our efforts to find the leaders and teachers UK schools need so urgently from the global teacher marketplace.”
Schools that use Eteach for recruitment do not face the acute shortage of teachers experienced by other schools. The firm strongly believes that running an advert, particularly for shortage subjects or STEM teaching roles, isn’t enough. Schools, academies and colleges need to have a wider candidate attraction strategy, and Eteach is delivering results to its clients via a combination of online recruitment and social media, combined with its international database.