A recent overseas recruitment drive shows teachers from the United Kingdom are lining up to teach in Western Australia’s regional classrooms.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said hundreds of expressions of interest had been received and teachers were keen to start work next year.
“More than 50 teachers from Belfast, London and Glasgow were interviewed when Department of Education and Training staff visited in February and many were considered suitable for positions,” Mr McGowan said.
“Because of the interest, a second round of interviews will be held in May and June when almost 100 teachers will be interviewed in London and Glasgow.
“We are particularly keen to get the most experienced teachers and, because of the level of response, we can choose the best to teach in our country schools.
“We have already received 132 expressions of interest from teachers who want to start in 2010 and 2011.
“WA is a fantastic place to live and work and it’s no surprise that UK teachers are jumping at the opportunity to come here.”
The Minister said the two and a half week press and email campaign and participation in the immigration expos was a great success.
“It shows a lot of promise for the future,” he said..
“We are particularly keen to attract quality teachers to the country and, as a condition of their employment in WA, these teachers must be available to work anywhere in WA.
“They may be eligible for permanent residency after two years of satisfactory service.”
There were already 66 teachers from the UK teaching in country WA schools and a further 20 are due to start in July.
Mr McGowan said the overseas recruitment campaign was just one of the many State Government initiatives to attract and retain teachers.
“We recognise that we need to pay teachers more and have made efforts to negotiate with the State School Teachers Union to make WA teachers the best paid in the country,” he said.
“The EBA is now the subject of an application to the Industrial Relations Commission and we hope to see a fair and reasonable outcome.
“The Carpenter Government will continue to work hard on expanding current recruitment initiatives and develop new strategies to boost the workforce into the future.”
Minister's office - 9222 9111