No full time jobs for 95% of new teachers - DUP MLA
Up to 95% of new qualified teachers are unable to secure full time jobs according to a DUP assembly member.
MLAs are due to debate concerns over the number of new teachers later. However the DUP has said there is a massive oversupply of trained students for the limited number of jobs available.
Jonathan Craig, who is proposing the motion, said that only five per cent of those who qualified last year found full time employment.
He said he wanted to know why the number being trained had not been slowed given the fall in the population. "A lot of them are purely surviving on filling in for people going off on maternity leave and sick leave," he added.
Richard Troupe has applied for 20 teaching posts since graduating from his teacher training course at Queen's University in 2009 and obtained two short-term contracts.
He said only five of the 22 people on his course had gained permanent employment.
"A few other teachers have completely given up on it and are now working in any job they can find whether it be an administrator in an office or a supervisor in retail," he added.
"There isn't that retention of teaching graduates and a lot of them including myself have become very cynical." More