11th Aug, 2020

Change in career? Education charity looking for Bromsgrove people to train to be teachers

AN EDUCATION charity which is hoping to recruit 150 new teachers wants to hear from people in Bromsgrove who may be interested in a change in career.

Now Teach wants people with significant experience in other fields to change career and train and teach in local schools, shaping the workforce of tomorrow.

It follows a successful pilot group in the Greater Birmingham area last year.

The Birmingham Economic Review, published last month by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, shows Birmingham has a skills deficit which ‘significantly constrains Birmingham’s growth potential’.

Quality education for children is vital in ensuring a bright future for the city.

Now Teach wants talented people to bring their experience in to the classroom to bridge the gap.

The education charity Now Teach was co-founded by a former journalist Lucy Kellaway who at the age of 58 gave up her job at the Financial Times to retrain as a maths teacher.

Lucy said: “I set up Now Teach because there wasn’t a straightforward way for experienced career-changers like me to get into teaching.

“Four years later, we’ve recruited over 200 people to retrain – that’s over 1,800 years of experience.

“We’re looking for people with a desire to teach young people who have significant experience at work.

“You’ve seen something of life and you want to share that with young people.”

An information event is being held in Birmingham on Wednesday, November 20.

For more information email Lizzie Place at elizabeth.place@nowteach.org.uk or call her on 07581 721514.

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