A specialist South Yorkshire education recruitment agency has launched its biggest drive yet to get teaching graduates into immediate paid work with schools.
Provide Education, which has its head office in Barnsley, is visiting more universities than ever before to sign up Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) who want to get straight into paid employment – without waiting for the start of the Autumn term.
The aim is to sign up more graduate teachers to summer term contracts where they can gain valuable work experience to kick-start their careers.
Provide Education works with hundreds of schools across South and West Yorkshire and the East Midlands and has over 2,000 teachers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses on its books, as well as other non-teaching staff.
It visits universities across Yorkshire and the East Midlands, including Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Derby, and this year has contacted students at Northumbria University for the first time. It will be visiting universities in Greater Manchester in the near future.
Barry Simmons, managing director of Provide Education, said: “Supply teaching can provide valuable experience for many graduates before they take up a permanent post in September, and demand from schools is high during the summer term as they are so busy dealing with exams.
“Schools can really benefit from taking on graduates too – they often tell us they appreciate the fresh ideas and enthusiasm that NQTs bring to the classroom. They are a vital part of our supply team and almost half of the NQTs we found work for last year ended up going on to secure permanent jobs, with many others choosing to continue to work in supply and cover posts.”
As well as its head office in Barnsley, Provide Education has offices in Worksop, covering the East Midlands, and Brighouse, covering West Yorkshire.
Teacher Megan Stephenson, 22, of Illingworth in Halifax, is backing Provide Education’s recruitment campaign to get NQTs into work. She registered with the Brighouse office after graduating from Leeds Trinity University in 2015 and was at work within days.
Megan said: “It’s a great way to get straight to work in different schools before getting a permanent job in one. It gives you more experience in the classroom before taking on your own class and it’s also a good way of finding out more about schools in the area before applying to work in one.
“It was definitely the right decision to gain experience as a supply teacher when I graduated as I now have a lot more confidence in the classroom.”
All new teachers that sign up with Provide Education receive ongoing support and help with applications and interviews, and all essential paperwork and vetting procedures are carried out during a face to face meeting.
Provide Education aims to provide a two-way service that helps schools to fill positions quickly and safely, and supports teachers and other education sector staff to find jobs in the sector that suit them perfectly.