Tradewind Recruitment Reports Increase in Foreign Language Teacher Applications Following Introduction of Financial Incentives

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With a new financial incentives system recently created by the U.K. Government for teacher trainees, Tradewind Recruitment, a firm that has been providing top-quality recruitment services to the Education industry since 2001, points out a significant growth in applications for foreign language teaching positions.

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The incentives are properly positioned to support new graduates seeking a career in education, especially now that teaching in the U.K. is considered an exceptionally favourable career choice.

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The U.K. Government recently announced that training bursaries are available in 2012/2013 as part of a new initial teacher training strategy that would provide financial assistance—up to 20,000 GBP—for teacher trainees with good degrees. In light of this development, Tradewind Recruitment, the premier provider of primary, secondary, and special education needs (SEN) teachers and school support staff, reports an increase in applications for London teaching jobs in the field of foreign languages for 2012/2013.

According to the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (an admissions service that processes applications for full-time and part-time postgraduate teacher training courses at most universities, colleges, and higher education institutions across the U.K.), applicants for teaching Languages increased from 453 in 2011 to 466 in 2012 (a 2.9% increase), while applicants to teach other Modern Languages also went up from 556 in 2011 to 670 in 2012 (a 20.5% increase). Language subjects include the study of German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Celtic—some of the more important languages that can help individuals stay competitive in the international employment scene. Tradewind Recruitment attributes this growth to the introduction of financial incentives that encourage top graduates to pursue a career in education.

The Department for Education (DfE) offers as much as £20,000 in training bursaries for trainees with a first degree, while trainees with a 2:1 and a 2:2 degree classification can receive £15,000 and £12,000, respectively. The bursaries are available for teacher trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not presently employed as teachers. This financial incentives scheme is poised to encourage high-quality graduates to enter the profession and make use of their exceptional achievements to provide quality education for new generations of students.

The incentives are properly positioned to support new graduates seeking a career in education, especially now that teaching in the U.K. is considered an exceptionally favourable career choice. The U.K. Graduate Careers Survey 2012 conducted by independent research company High Fliers Research revealed that teaching is now the second most popular destination for new graduates (marketing was found to be the top career of choice, while the media industry ranked third). Research from the Teaching Agency also revealed that 80% of surveyed final-year students consider teaching as a high-status career choice.

The increase in funding is expected to draw more attention from new graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession. "Inquiries about training to teach are up and we're confident that this will translate into applications later in the year," says Alex McClimens, a Teaching Agency spokesperson. The entry of highly qualified trainees will bring forth learned educators who will impart valuable knowledge, provide care and support, and serve as an authoritative figure for students.

Tradewind Recruitment, which has been re-accredited with the DfE's Quality Mark for the eighth consecutive year, continues to provide quality teachers and teaching assistants that contribute to maintaining the standard of education in the U.K. "Our company values all focus around making sure we provide our candidates with the best possible levels of service, as well as finding them suitable positions which allow them to further their careers," says a representative of the firm.

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