The State Government will target more than 15,000 final year teaching students across the nation through an email campaign, encouraging them to take up careers in Western Australian public schools.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today launched the Graduate Connection initiative in a bid to secure teaching graduates for jobs next year.
“An email, highlighting the benefits of being a teacher in WA, will be sent to practicum co-ordinators across Australia, who will then pass on the email to their graduate students,” Mr McGowan said.
“The campaign will be backed up by four weeks of advertising in print media, which starts tomorrow, and posters will be put up at all WA universities.
“The campaign will also include a dedicated online application website, which will dramatically cut the amount of paperwork previously required to apply for jobs.
“In the past, graduates had to go through an onerous process to complete four forms by hand and post them to the Department of Education and Training.
“We’ve taken the recommendations from the Gerard Daniels report into teacher recruitment practices on board and as a result, the new online process will be a much easier, more efficient way to apply for a teaching job.”
To be considered for the first round of graduate job offers for the 2009 school year, online applications must be received by August 1.
Final year students can apply through the Teaching WA website: http://www.det.wa.edu.au.
Successful applicants can expect to receive a job offer as positions become available for the 2009 school year.
More than 600 graduates were employed for public school teaching positions for the start of the 2008 school year.
The Minister said the Graduate Connection initiative was part of the overall push to make teacher recruitment more sophisticated, flexible and streamlined.
“This is just one strategy in a multi-pronged approach to addressing teacher supply issues in WA,” he said.
Other measures already introduced by the State Government include:
· increasing teaching graduate pay;
· introducing a raft of scholarships to attract teachers to high needs areas;
· providing more teacher housing;
· converting country contract teachers to permanency; and
· introducing attractive superannuation arrangements for older teachers.
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