Students in UCD are being encouraged to consider pursuing a career as a teacher in the UK, after the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) brought its “Train to Teach” roadshow to Dublin.
The Conrad Hotel on Earlsfort Terrace played host to the event, which featured representatives from universities and schools who offer teacher training courses. Over 50 interested individuals attended the show.
Teaching in the UK has become an attractive option over the past few years, and there are new financial incentives for those who enroll on a teacher training course for the 2016/2017 academic year. The event highlighted the potential salaries, scholarships and tax-free bursaries available for those who take up the profession.
NCTL claimed that 80% per cent of attendees they surveyed said the event made them more likely to go into teaching. Kim Mitchell, a Teaching and Leadership Adviser for NCTL, noted how there was a number of attendees who were considering changing careers to move into teaching.
The NCTL is an agency of the UK’s Department of Education which aims to help graduates through the process of qualifying as teachers in the UK. Applications for teacher training programmes starting in 2016 open on Tuesday, 27th October. Further information is available online at getintoteaching.education.gov.uk.
- Cian Carton, News Editor