For recruitment teaching agencies, it is now a common deal to devote most of their time and weekends in work. In the past few weeks, they have been keen on taking part of weekend job expos just to be able to fill the gaps in teaching vacancies in the UK. And not only do they work in weekends for this but they have also extended their efforts to Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Jamaica, Canada, South Africa and even some countries in Asia.
With these efforts, it's no wonder that there has been a substantial increase in the total number of people who emigrated to the UK; the rise in number is roughly by 10%. A large percentage of these foreigners came to the country to establish a career in different industries and thousands of them are to fill the vacant teaching posts in UK public and private schools. This number is projected to increase as UK schools continue to get the services of recruitment agencies to fill teaching positions with qualified professionals, be they Brits or foreigners.
This demand for foreign teachers is mainly due to the fact that a lot of education major graduates from the top universities in the country are using their education background for other fields of work which they believe allow them to earn more, as well as travel. Nowadays, it's quite typical to find trained teachers settling for researcher jobs or venturing into business, believing that they will earn more doing those jobs instead of being tied to the long and stressful hours inside a classroom. Perhaps this is not such a bad thing as it's more important to have teachers in schools who actually want to teach, but this doesn't change the fact that it's contributing to the "brain drain" in the education field.
Schools then turn to recruitment teaching agencies that monitor the situation around the globe to see where there are places where there might be more teachers than there are jobs. Then, these agencies help the teachers they've recruited make the move across the seas so much easier.
This effort is surely creating changes in the educational system of the country. Some think it's a change for the better since these teachers are eager to really grow professionally, but there are also some who question the abilities of these foreign teachers and wonder if they are at par with the really good local teachers. However, the important thing is that the supply problem is being adequately resolved and foreign teachers are thoroughly screened and are actually performing well in their jobs today.
Teaching agencies are actually a good way of obtaining quality teachers because of their stringent screening process. http://www.sanzateaching.com/?s=content&x=126
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