Despite being considered ‘the golden age for schools’ recent figures have revealed that 38,000 teachers were unemployed in the UK at the end of last year – more than double than this time 5 years ago.
The figures have been blamed on fewer jobs for qualified teachers, over-stretched school budgets and geographical variations in the teacher job market.
For a proportion of qualified PGCE teachers securing a job has been difficult. Many qualified PGCE teachers are now looking for paid TEFL jobs abroad.
Ian O’Sullivan, Recruitment Manager of LoveTEFL said: “We’re receiving lots of applications for our supported teaching programme in China from newly qualified PGCE teachers this year as a way to gain some valuable teaching experience. We’ve also seeing experienced PCGE teachers applying for these roles are struggling to find a job in the current market.
“Although these statistics are not great news for teachers looking for a decent teaching job at home, a TEFL role does give them a real valuable alternative to earn a decent wage and gain much needed knowledge and practice.
“Many out of work qualified teachers who are looking for paid employment should consider a TEFL placement. Many come with a decent wage and other benefits such as accommodation, meals and sometimes flights. They can provide a perfect stop-gap and an opportunity to weigh up future options at home whilst still remaining in the profession.”
Notes to Editors
About LoveTEFL free supported China programme
LoveTEFL is currently recruiting 100 graduates to join their supported china programme arriving in Beijing in August 2005 and will be offering a free TEFL course, a years teaching contract in some of China’s exciting provinces, a salary of around £600 a month, accommodation on school premises and three meals a day during week days.
Their one-stop service creates a sense of community for the teachers and for social and professional development to ensure applicants are given the best support, skills and experience possible to benefit them and their future careers.
Applicants must have the following requirements
Native English speaker
2 years work experience (in any job gained at any time)
A Bachelor’s Degree
A 120-hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate (TEFL) – Or be prepared to undertake the TEFL course (free) if successful in the supported job package application
A strong desire to work in China and help develop the language ability of Chinese students
The commitment to work in China for a full academic year
And finally, bags of passion, a great sense of humour and a camera!
For more information please visit http://www.lovetefl.com/jobs-in-china/. The cut-off date for applications is Thursday 31 May 2012
LoveTEFL is an online teaching English as a foreign language business (TEFL) with a difference. In addition to offering a 120 hours online TEFL course and a classroom course, LoveTEFL also offer a free supported jobs packages, which includes a 120-hour TEFL training course, a teaching contract in Thailand or China, a working Visa and a guaranteed job for one year. Once the person gets settled in their new home town, LoveTEFL will help refresh their skills and support them in finding accommodation.
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