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Posted on 16 February 2023

๐€๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง - ๐€ ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ - ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ?

We recently chatted with the HR manager of one of Melbourne's Grammar schools. They have only really struggled with recruitment this year, knowing that it is just the beginning and the coming years will be harsher and harsher. We discussed potential opportunities to facilitate & encourage people to follow a career in education.
Some of them include:

๐Ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง 1: ๐‘น๐’†๐’‡๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’…๐’†๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’†: Offering refunds or subsidies to those who complete a teaching degree program could incentivise more people to consider a career in teaching. This could include full or partial reimbursement of tuition fees or offering student loan forgiveness programs.

๐Ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง 2: ๐‘ท๐’†๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’๐’„๐’š ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’”๐’•๐’–๐’…๐’†๐’๐’•๐’”: Many international students come to Australia to study, and offering them the chance to apply for permanent residency if they study education could help attract more prospective teachers. This can be especially effective given the global shortage of teachers.

๐Ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง 3: ๐‘ฐ๐’Ž๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”: Teachers in Australia face challenges such as heavy workloads, lack of resources, and inadequate professional development opportunities. Improving working conditions, such as providing better salaries, reducing workloads, and increasing access to training and development programs, can make the profession more attractive.

๐Ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง 4: ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’”๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’”: Collaborating with schools and universities to promote teaching as a rewarding and fulfilling career can help change the perception of teaching and encourage more people to pursue it. This can include creating programs that offer hands-on teaching experience, mentoring and coaching opportunities, and professional development workshops.

I would love to know what you think. ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’‚ ๐’”๐’†๐’†๐’Ž๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’”๐’•/๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’„ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’š๐’๐’–?

Overall, combining these strategies could attract more people to become teachers in Australia and address the shortage of qualified educators in the country.

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