Are you a final year teaching student and the thought of becoming a qualified teacher and finding work is worrying you?
Don’t worry your not alone! Getting in to teaching is hard work, but then nothing worth doing in life is easy.
How can a recruitment agency help a newly qualified teacher?
Once you have finished university there are 3 options you can take as an NQT. Firstly, get a permanent job in a school. Secondly, gain a temporary full time position with a school and last but not least supply teaching. Not many people know this but you can achieve all three of these routes through a recruitment agency, utilising their knowledge on local schools, contacts with head teachers and support on sprucing up your CV and interview techniques.
I’m thinking about doing supply teaching but is it a consolation prize?
All NQTs have concerns but supply teaching has now become a well regarded and respected part of the industry. Recruitment agencies have adapted and evolved, those that specialise in working with NQTs have created a service that abolishes most fears that NQTs have after graduating:
- “What if I don’t get enough work”
By registering with an agency you can get day-to-day work whilst you are waiting for interviews on a full time or permanent position. If you find a reputable and busy recruitment agency and build a strong relationship with your consultant you will have more than enough work. You have more chance of finding work with a recruitment agency as they have relationships in schools and know where the work is.
- “Supply teaching is seen as failure because I haven’t got a permanent job”
Supply teaching is definitely not a failure – it allows you to choose when and where you want to work and how long you want to work there for. It doesn’t cost you anything to join a recruitment agency and their expertise and contacts will give a foot in the door – invaluable in this economic climate.
- “I’m worried I will not get my induction year done”
You can complete your induction year whilst working through a supply teaching agency on a temporary contact. You can either do one full year in a school or spread your induction year over three terms in three different schools.This could benefit you because you will have 3 different experiences which shows prospective employers that you can work in different types of learning environments. An agency can find you a school that you want to do your induction year in rather than accepting the first school that offers you a job. or if you wanted to you can have an option of doing your induction year at 3 different schools for 3 different terms.
- “What if I don’t getenough support or training?”
If you can find a supply teaching agency that offers training you can ensure you keep your skills and knowledge refreshed. If you are working for a school on a long-term temporary contract you will also get invited to their training. Don’t forget when working through a recruitment agency you will get your own consultant to support and guide you on your path into the teaching world. Find out more about Aspire People’s teacher training
- “Surely there is no career progression?”
There is career progression in the teaching profession as a whole, working through a recruitment agency doesn’t limit your possibilities but increases them. Aspire People have a number of people that came to the company with no experience at all, we helped them get on to a teacher training programme, get their induction year placement and then a permanent job. These people are now heads of departments in schools.
- “Won’t supply teaching look bad for my C.V?”
Supply teaching will only add to your C.V by giving you lots of experience in a vast array of schools. Supply teaching specifically is a great way to network with different schools and this leads to permanent opportunities.
- “I don’t want to work far away from home and spend a lot of money on traveling costs”
If you find an agency where you have a local consultant then you will not have to go far for work. Make sure that their knowledge of the local area is strong. If you are travelling about then you can claim travel expenses.
What if I choose to work with Aspire People, what sort of benefits will I get?
When you join Aspire People you will be working for a busy recruitment agency that really cares about customer service and the training and development of candidates. You can read about some of our recommendations from candidates this year or read some case studies about how people have got in to teaching or found permanent work.
At Aspire People every education professional becomes an important member of the Aspire People team. Not only will you get your own education consultant but you will be made to feel welcome on day one. Your consultant will then create a career plan unique to your ambitions, whether you want to take your next promotional step or retire. There are induction opportunities for NQTs and some of our schools take on cover supervisors for teacher training placements. On top of all this you will get:
· Choice of work and types of schools
· Paid to scale after 12 weeks
· Face-to-face induction
· Social and fundraising events
· Work – life Balance
· Teaching Tip of the Week
· Your own dedicated recruitment adviser
· Fast application process
· Fast-track CRBs
· Expert advice on how to write a CV
· Support with interview techniques
· Regular updates on education news
· Facebook group
· Twitter page
The benefits of working with Aspire People are simple. Not only will we help to develop your career but support you through the process. You will get the respect that hard-working staff deserve.
Every candidate undergoes the following vetting procedures:
Face to face interview
Child Protection training
Fully Enhanced CRB
ISA barred list check
Employment and education references
Right to work in UK
Proof of Identity
2 x proof of address
Proof of NI
Proof of name change
Confirmation of GTC
Medical & health check
Overseas police checks
“our boys get to experience first hand what it is like to communicate with an employer”
‘Aspire People took part in an interview day that we held for pupils. Not only did they allow the boys to practice their interview technique but they coached and mentored them, providing constructive feedback. This additional service has a positive impact on the education we provide our pupils. They get to experience first hand what it is like to communicate with an employer.’
“If only all agencies valued candidates the way Aspire People do”
Even though I came from an industry background my consultant genuinely valued the experience I could bring to a school. She really went that extra mile to find me work by organising training on school IT systems. On top of that she secured me voluntary work to support my Diploma in School Business Management Studies.
Within one minute of sending my CV, Aspire contacted me for an interview
Aspire have been very influential in my career. After qualifying as a teacher, I was unsuccessful in securing a full-time teaching job. Within one minute of sending my CV, Aspire contacted me for an interview. They have been able to place me in a school on a long-term basis, which has been welcomed with gratitude. I am grateful and thankful to all of the team working for Aspire people, they are a great agency to work for. All members of staff have shown true professionalism and worked hard to ensure that myself and other colleagues who I have met through the agency are always working.
“The Woodlands School gets vouchers from Aspire People, we put them towards prize giving for pupils”
I frequently recommend Aspire People. Sometimes to acquaintances looking for work, to our own staff looking to gain experience before a GTP qualification or for those looking for a permanent position. The school received some vouchers from Aspire People which the Head of Science used to provide prizes for attainment for students of all abilities in science. Not only does the school benefit but the candidate we recommend and Aspire People.
“I have had nothing but first rate service from Aspire People”
“Since I first started working with Aspire People and my consultant Adam, I have had nothing but first rate service. I have found them to be assiduous in finding work placements, and supportive once on placement in all ways. I have been so impressed I recommended a friend. Adam is a great guy and I really cannot praise him too highly.”
Trusted because of an honest and open approach
Wheelers Lane Technology College have used the services of Aspire People for the last five years. The quality of staff supplied by Aspire are excellent and they adapt well to our school environment.
One of Aspires’ many qualities is the excellent relationship developed between their consultant and the school. Aspire are agency that are trusted because of their honest and open approach to their customers. Aspire will continue to be the agency that this college will contact in the first instance in respect of daily cover needs.
Safeguarding documentation is fantastic
I have used Aspire People since 2009, during this time I have found my consultant, to be very professional, honest and accommodating. The quality of safeguarding documentation is fantastic, having photographic evidence already on it gets a very big plus mark from our front office staff! Our business manager also likes the easy and efficient way that payments can be made. Overall I am very impressed with the service provided .
Aspire understands our needs and so we invariably employ their candidate
Aspire People have always been able to respond to requests with quality staff. Although we use a range of agencies when trying to fill long term we invariably employ the candidate recommended by Aspire People. This is because we have built up a relationship whereby our requirements are known and understood by them. As an Outstanding school at the forefront of educational provision it is essential that every lesson is delivered to the highest standards. The relationship we have with Aspire People is that we can candidly make our requirements known and they are able to choose a candidate that they are confident will meet our needs.
Aspire People has always been a pleasure to work with, totally professional,efficient and patient.
I have worked for Aspire People for four years and during that time, Aspire People has always been a pleasure to work with, my consultant Mark has always been totally professional,efficient and patient. I have always felt that Mark listened to my requirements for work and has consistently tried to match me with appropriate schools and year groups. Mark has been very understanding with family commitments so I have recommended Aspire People to several friends and to other supply teachers, and will continue to do so in the future.
I have been in work more or less everyday
My consultant, Mark Birmingham, ensured I was in work more or less everyday. All the placements I had were at nice schools, within a reasonable travelling distance – Mark always checked whether the schools were appropriate for me to travel to before waking me up!! A lot of my earlier placements had been day-to-day, which sometimes led to weekly placements at schools.
If you’re looking for an honest, efficient & quality provider of staff look no further than Aspire
“Holyhead had previously not used agencies. As a last resort I approached Aspire People about a DT technician. It was the best decision I could have made. We have been so impressed by their quality and efficiency we now contact Aspire People first regarding vacancies. If the candidate is suitable we keep them on a 10 week temporary basis then employ them ourselves with no extra cost! If you are looking for an honest, efficient and quality provider of staff then look no further than Aspire People.”
I was encouraged to do my PGCE
Having started as a cover supervisor, Aspire People actively encouraged me to qualify as a teacher and advised me which course to choose. After gaining my PGCE, I had no hesitation in working with them again as I knew there would be regular work and I would be treated professionally. Over the last three years I have been made to feel part of the team and have always felt supported through any difficult times I have had whilst working in education.
I am very pleased with the service I receive from Aspire. I feel valued as a member of their team
I have been working as a supply teacher for Aspire since March 2013. They have provided me with work at a variety of schools, both locally and further afield. I am currently completing a long-term cover at an East Staffordshire school. I am very pleased with the service I receive from Aspire. I receive an email confirming each contract very promptly, and the pay system is very efficient, and easy to use. My consultant is very professional at all times, and is always aware of my requirements. She has maintained very accurate records, and contacts me regularly for feedback, and confirmation of my availability. I feel valued as a member of their team, and would highly recommend Aspire to both schools and teachers.
A consistently friendly service from Aspire People and our Consultant
Aspire People offer a very efficient and friendly service. All their consultants are highly professional and the company is able to consistently deliver high quality supply staff
My consultant reflected the professional and personal qualities that Aspire People prides itself on
Right from when I registered, my consultant Emily reflected the professional and personal qualities that Aspire prides itself on. Emily understood my adaptability as a teacher but also my needs in terms of the type of school that would suit me. Clearly taking time to study the detail of my CV and skills and experience, this ensured bookings were appropriate for both myself and the school(s). I found Aspire People helpful, polite and dedicated. I recommended Aspire to a colleague largely on the basis of how Emily had presented herself and the agency.