Bid to get new teachers in South Yorkshire into immediate work

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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, whose head office is based 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.

Barry Simmons, managing director of Provide Education, said: “Schools can really benefit from taking on graduates 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.”

Teacher Megan Stephenson, 22, 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”

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.