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You will need to train towards getting your qualified teacher status (QTS) in order to get a teaching job in a primary or secondary school in Wales. You can do this through university-based courses such as the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or school-based routes such as the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).
Once you have completed this initial stage you will need to register with the Education Workforce Council and you will complete a comprehensive induction as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). To teach further, higher, or adult education, alternative qualifications are needed.
Shortage subjects and recruitment trends in Wales
The Welsh Government provides financial incentives for training in certain secondary subjects in which there is a shortage of teachers, namely physics, chemistry, mathematics, Welsh, ICT and modern foreign languages. Positions in primary schools in Wales are extremely competitive and it is common for recent graduates to be on temporary contracts, or to do supply work, before obtaining their first permanent post. Welsh speakers often secure posts first due to the higher demand for Welsh-medium primary and secondary school teachers.
Funding for initial teacher training in further education
If you want to train to work in further education (FE), such as in a college or sixth form, you may be able to get additional funding from the Welsh Government. If you are planning to study for a PGCE (FE) course, you may be able to access grants of up to £3,000, if you want to teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects, Welsh, or life skills of literacy and numeracy, or £1,000 for all other subjects.
How and when do you apply for teaching jobs in Wales?
You will need to keep an eye out for vacancies anytime from January in the year that you qualify with QTS. It is common for trainee teachers to apply directly to schools they are interested in, and some local education authorities recruit directly from their databases of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Vacancies are also advertised through eTeach, Times Educational Supplement (TES), Fish4Jobs: Jobs in Wales and the Welsh Language Jobs Board.
Applications for teaching posts normally consist of filling in a form or registering on an online system before an interview, which could involve teaching a lesson, speaking to pupils and a panel interview.