Interested in becoming a STEM teacher?

With the increased statistics of females taking STEM A-levels and Graduate courses, and the positive initiatives planned from the UK Government, the picture for women in STEM looks to be on the bright side. Still, the fact remains that there is a severe shortage of STEM teachers within education.
Interested in becoming a STEM teacher?

The Department of Education (DfE) reported that in the UK, there was a 31% increase in females taking STEM A-levels between 2010 and 2019. In addition, in higher education, the proportion of women entering full-time undergraduate courses in STEM increased by 8% between 2011 and 2020.

To support the next generation of women going into STEM in 2021, the Government committed to funding several initiatives crucial to improving women’s access to STEM. These included an £84 million program to enhance the teaching of computing and drive up participation in computer science at GCSE and A level, particularly amongst girls.

With the increased stats and positive drive from the Government, the picture for women in STEM looks to be on the bright side. Still, the fact remains that there is a severe shortage of STEM teachers within education.

Emma Whale - Associate Director of Secondary, Primary & International at T15 International gives her thoughts on this:       

 “We see daily how secondary schools and colleges struggle to fill STEM teaching roles. There is a severe shortage of teachers with relevant experience to take on these roles. Generally, female teachers are unrepresented in STEM teaching positions. It would be great to have more female teachers at the helm to educate and inspire.”

Suppose you are working within STEM and interested in becoming a teacher. In that case, one way to get into teaching is to work with an education recruitment agency. Recruitment agencies are good at filling the gap of getting employees outside of education into education.

“A great way of testing if you want to teach before fully committing to a full-time role is to take a part-time or short contract. This is a great way to get your foot in the door with the colleges and a great test to see if teaching is for you.”

A good recruitment consultant will take time to get to know you, ask all the right questions, and tell you where you would best fit. They also have close connections to schools, colleges, and training institutions and understand what the colleges are looking for. Being on the front line, consultants have up-to-date knowledge of the industry and teaching requirements, allowing them to match the right individual to the right role.

Why teach?

Women have played a role in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics throughout history but have often been overlooked. Change is indeed happening and heading in the right direction. Recruitment agencies are at the forefront of helping to fill the skills gap. Still, they need more skilled individuals to make that happen.

“Let’s face it, female students could do with a little encouragement from women they can look up to, who understand the industry and who can encourage them who persevere for the greater good.”

If you are considering a teaching role within STEM and are unsure where to start, T15 International can help. We source teachers, assessors, and lecturers both in the UK and internationally and specialise in placing candidates for STEM roles. For further information, visit our website or to chat with one of our consultants, and we can get you going on your teaching path 0333 7777 615.

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