Scheme could provide jobs for 120 newly qualified teachers

A proposal to enable teachers aged 55 years and over to be released from the profession and be replaced by recently qualified teachers has been officially launched.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 5th September 2016, 2:51 pm
Updated Monday, 5th September 2016, 3:56 pm
Education Minister, Peter Weir
Education Minister, Peter Weir

The Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme will enable up to 120 teachers to be released at their request, providing job opportunities for teachers who qualified between 2012 and 2016.

Education Minister Peter Weir said: “As well as helping to refresh the teaching workforce this scheme will provide up to 120 job opportunities for recently qualified teachers who have been unable to obtain permanent posts.

“I am aware that recently qualified teachers who are outside the criteria have expressed disappointment; however I must stress that without this scheme these employment opportunities would not exist.”

Recruitment for the vacant posts will not be advertised until Spring 2017, after applications from teachers who wish to be released have been assessed and approved.