There’s a saying that goes “the children are our future” and that is as true of Australia as it is of any other place in the world. Education is such a vital part of a child’s development and there are no shortage of positions available for committed professional teachers in Australia’s understaffed education sector.
As with all professions there are a variety of different positions that are open to people with the right skill sets. Within Australia’s education system the demand for teachers appears to be highest for those who are willing to work with the youngest pupils.
“There is always a demand for teachers in Schools & Early Childhood Centres especially in Sydney,” says Randstad Education executive of Louise White. “Early Childhood centres and Vacation Care Services operate all year round which provides further opportunities.”
White is quick to point out that working in the education sector, regardless of which state it is in, does require quite extensive tertiary education requirements.“To work in schools you need to hold a Bachelor of Education / PGCE,” she says.
Whilst getting the qualifications to work in the education sector are understandably quite difficult, the rewards merit the hard work. “Casual school teachers are paid very well earning upwards of $270 a day,” says White.
“Sponsorship is also a possibility, however it is up to the individual schools and centres. Generally teachers are sponsored in either hard to fill positions, specialised roles or rural ares,” White continues, alluding to a problem and solution that many travellers face while working in Oz: the desire to granted a longer stay in the country.
Whilst any Bachelor degrees are only available through studying at a University, Randstad Education does provide a number of courses which people looking to apply for teaching jobs in Australia can learn more about the industry.
“Randstad holds a group induction session for all new candidates looking to work through us, this provides information on payroll, expectations and also what to expect when working through us,” says White. “We also have a PD division, which specialises in the Early Childhood Sector.”