5 Reasons Wales is the Best Place to Teach

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A few years ago, we at Affinity Education saw a huge influx of British teachers wanting to teach overseas, with programmes such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) becoming increasingly popular. However, recently, we have noticed the growing appetite for Welsh teaching jobs, with people coming from all over the country and further afield to land a teaching post in Wales.

Being incredibly patriotic and proud to be a Welsh business, we are thrilled to be receiving applications from teaching assistants, NQTs and experienced teachers, eager to fly the flag for the Welsh education system. As an industry that employs nearly 10% of all adults living in Wales, Education is understandably a much sought-after career path.

If you are thinking of becoming a teacher and have your heart set on laying down roots in Wales, below are just 5 reasons you definitely should!

A future-proof profession

When training in any area, you will want to ensure you are investing in a career path that you can go down for many years. Unlike many other professions, the education system is renowned for retaining its staff. According to research, 70% of newly qualified teachers are still in the profession after five years.

Wales is conducting a huge teacher recruitment drive

Welsh Government recently released a statement that Wales is looking to employ 50,000 Teachers by 2024, meaning there has never been a better time to become a Teacher! Experiencing a substantial skills gap, the country is in desperate need of fresh talent, especially in the following areas:

  • Higher Education Lecturers

  • Primary School Teachers

  • Secondary School Teachers

  • Managers in Education

  • Further Education Lecturers

Help while you train

The thought of retraining or training in the first place can be daunting, putting so much financial pressure on you and your family. However, this is not the case when it comes to teaching in Wales, with Welsh Government offering a variety of grants and bursaries. The amount of support you will receive is dependent on your area of study as well as the location you have decided to train. For a full breakdown of what you could be entitled to, visit the Student Finance Wales website - https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/

Wales offers great salaries and benefits

When deciding to teach in Wales, you can expect to receive a competitive salary, and, it's only increasing. Just last month, it was announced that Teachers could be set to receive a 3.5% pay rise, with Teachers constantly being recognised for the great work they do. In addition to healthy pay rates, Teachers can enjoy 13 weeks of holiday allowance and a generous pension scheme.

Inspire a generation

While holidays and pay cheques will have a huge bearing on the job you opt for, it is essential that your job is motivating, inspiring and most importantly; fulfilling. This is something teaching can offer you in abundance, with providing the next generation with a quality education being nothing but rewarding.

Affinity Education

Here at Affinity Education, we help NQTs, experiences Teachers, as well as TAs find roles to suit their skillset and qualifications. Working with some of the best secondary schools in South Wales, we pair great candidates with great schools and vice versa. For more details on our teacher recruitment solutions, contact us today.

Cardiff: 02922 679577

Caerphilly: 01495 367577

Newport: 01633 358477

RCT: 01443 806677

VOG: 01446 772277

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