i-to-i: Scots Turn to TEFL to Escape Surge in Unemployment

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With news of a surge in Scottish unemployment, Scottish residents should consider getting TEFL qualified with i-to-i to boost their job opportunities.

With news that unemployment in Scotland has soared by 75,000 over the past year, increasing numbers of Scots are looking to TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) to escape the rising tide of joblessness according to TEFL experts i-to-i.

While little economic recovery is expected in the UK during 2010, the market for qualified TEFL teachers is thriving - there are around 20,000 TEFL jobs posted on the internet every month for positions all around the world, including within Scotland, as many qualified teachers can find work teaching migrants at home.

With so many fantastic opportunities, it's understandable that so many people are choosing to get TEFL qualified. Scottish people are in an especially good position: ILA Scotland, a Scottish Government scheme that helps people pay for learning, will give any Scottish resident who earns £22,000 per year or less, or who is on benefits £200 to put towards the cost of a TEFL course with a recognised learning provider such as TEFL specialists i-to-i.

As i-to-i's courses are already very good value, it means Scottish residents can use their £200 of funding to get TEFL qualified with i-to-i's 40 hour online course, which costs £175. They can also enjoy big discounts if they want a more comprehensive qualification, such as i-to-i's 120 hour combined TEFL course, which mixes classroom and online learning. Susannah Harvey, who recently completed i-to-i's 100 hour online course described it as "something different, challenging and exciting...and it's opened up opportunities for my next adventure abroad!"

The huge demand for TEFL teachers means that once travellers have finished their course they're in a great position to find work. i-to-i's free job placement service can help people find fantastic teaching jobs in locations as diverse as Japan, Ecuador, China, Indonesia, Thailand or even the Czech Republic. Those who head abroad to teach say that they find themselves welcomed and integrated into the local community, rather than just being treated as passing tourists, offering people a unique chance to gain an insight into a totally different way of life. The money's not bad either - for example salaries take a look at this article: http://www.onlinetefl.com/about-tefl/articles/how-much-can-i-make.html

Going abroad to teach English is not the only option though - plenty of people get TEFL qualified and stay in Scotland to teach English to the large number of migrants here. Tim and Elisabeth Longley got TEFL qualified with i-to-i and started teaching Eastern European migrants in their home village of Aviemore in the Cairngorms. Mrs Longley said: "Our students' knowledge of English varies from zero to being able to carry on a basic conversation, albeit with difficulty and a lot of inaccuracy. Without exception we have found them a delight to teach. They are polite and keen to learn and very grateful for what little we are able to do to help them."

Those wanting to join the Longleys in getting TEFL qualified should call TEFL specialists i-to-i on 0800 093 2552 or visit http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-courses/ila-scotland.html.


Honor Baldry


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