Teach For Australia’s latest campaign to recruit passionate and talented people to inspire young minds in classrooms across the country has closed with almost 1000 applications.
Our Leadership Development Program recruits, supports and develops graduates and career changers to become exceptional teachers and leaders for young people in schools serving low socio-economic communities.
This year about 60% of applicants are mid-career professionals looking to make the switch to teaching, and around 40% are graduates or in the early years of their career. Nearly 50% had studied a degree in STEM.
This strong result follows a comprehensive targeted recruitment campaign – where Teach For Australia (TFA) hosted 85 virtual events, including information sessions and application workshops, and attended 35 in-person events and career expos across the country.
“While many of the applications are still being rigorously assessed, we are so impressed with the quality of candidates that have been offered a place in our program so far – we can’t wait to see the impact they have in the classroom next year,” TFA Founder and CEO Melodie Potts Rosevear said.
“We’re particularly pleased to see the graduate market coming back so strongly after the impact of the pandemic lockdowns – I know our recruiters were delighted to be back talking to graduates in person at career fairs and expos this year. We have again seen a diverse mix of ages, life stages, ethnicities and other backgrounds which helps make TFA cohorts such supportive and exciting communities for new teachers.”
TFA’s program is Australia’s leading employment-based pathway into teaching and has delivered high-calibre people to help meet school workforce needs across the country for almost 15 years.
Applicants who are offered a place in TFA’s two-year program are matched to genuine teaching vacancies in schools. During the program, they teach subjects related to their previous undergraduate studies while completing their Master of Teaching and receiving 1:1 coaching and mentoring support.
“For Cohort 2024, Teach For Australia will work with more than 200 schools and continue our strong partnerships with governments in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.
“We are disappointed that the NSW Government cancelled TFA’s bespoke teaching pathway pilot in that state, meaning TFA will not be able to place teachers in NSW public schools in 2024. However, we are excited to continue building our support for Catholic schools serving low income, rural, regional and remote communities throughout this state next year.
“NSW applicants who were successful in TFA’s recent recruitment rounds will be offered places with eligible NSW Catholic schools, or at TFA partner schools in other states and territories.
“We can’t wait to bring Cohort 2024 together in October as they begin their Initial Teacher Education course work and get ready to start their school placements in Term 1 next year.
“Expressions of interest are now open for people interested in applying for Cohort 2025. So if you are considering a teaching career in the future, head to Teach For Australia’s website without delay to learn more about TFA’s supported, employment-based pathway.”