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Australia Suffering a Glut of Trainee Teachers

Jul 28th 2014

It was recently recorded that there is an oversupply in trainee teachers. This has begun to put a strain on schools that provide the practical part of the training. As a result, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has called for the number of spaces in universities to have a cap.

It was reported by Fairfax Media that just half of 16,000 teachers in training who graduated last year have gained an employment four months post graduating. More than 44,000 teachers who are trained now wait on the NSW list for a permanent job.

The uncapped system has been defended by Deans of education, saying that teacher training prepares students for the teaching industry - not just schools. However on the other side of the argument, the Teaching and Educational Standards say that the number of trainee teachers burdens schools as they need to provide resources for every one of the 12,000 trainee teachers each year.

The Australian Council of Deans of Education said that trained teacher graduates are also taught in universities for other industries such as banking. Tania Aspland says, “a large number of graduates don't necessarily go into government employment. They go into independent employment in schools and right across the world.” She argues that Australian teachers are valued in the UK, Asia and Europe. So while there may be a large waiting list in Australia there is the chance to go overseas and continue their teaching career. There is also the option to become a trainer in real estate, the health industry and banking.
Trainee teachers who have used essay writing services and have come out with good grades will be disappointed to find that they are unable to get a teaching job in a school after they have completed the training. However there are a number of options available to them should they wish to try out another industry or move overseas. 

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