In-service training for future Riverina teachers

Aspiring Riverina teachers will receive on-the-job training at local public schools while studying for their education degree as part of a new two-year pilot program aimed at attracting and retaining local teachers.

The Public Teaching Hub was created in partnership with the University of NSW and modeled on the Alphacrucis Teaching Hub, to inspire people in Riverina to pursue a career in education by offering two pathways to their degree: a training pathway Initial Teacher Training (ITE) in 2023 and a Vocational Education Teacher Assistant (VET) course in 2024.

Deputy Premier and Regional NSW Minister Paul Toole said the scheme was one of the ways the NSW Government was investing in training the next generation of teachers.

“This is a great opportunity to give our aspiring regional teachers the opportunity to stay in their communities and work in their local schools,” Toole said.

“While this program is being piloted in the Riverina, it has the potential to be rolled out to regional public schools across the state.”

Education and Early Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell said the scheme would give student teachers a guaranteed permanent teaching position at a local public school upon completion of their degree.

“This is an exciting new model we’re launching in the Riverina area, where student teachers will be employed in public schools and receive real-world classroom learning while studying for their degree,” Ms. Mitchell said.

“This program will see new teachers trained in their hometown schools and offered jobs in those schools once they are qualified.

“There are many benefits to recruiting teachers from regional communities and I encourage those looking to study a degree in education in the Riverina to apply.”

The pilot will support 10 ITE students to receive dual degrees including Bachelor of Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary) by UNSW in 2023, and 10 VET students to obtain Certificate III or IV in support of school-based education through Alphacrucis University. College in 2024.

While in school, student teachers will be employed as education paraprofessionals working part-time at a central school of education.

Students who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree will also be supported by an in-school mentor.

This pilot program is in addition to the $125 million teacher supply strategy to increase the supply of teachers in New South Wales.

Applications for the Public Teaching Hub ITE pathway are now open and close on November 13, 2022. For more details visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/teach-nsw/get-paid-to-study/ riverina -teaching-centre-program

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