Win-win situation for schools and new teachers
Fine Gael Senator for Galway West, Fidelma Healy Eames, has received confirmation from the Minister for Education that newly qualified teachers can use the JobBridge internship programme to complete their probation.
“I’m delighted to receive confirmation from Minister Quinn that young teachers who are struggling to find school placements can use the JobBridge programme to complete their probation. This is very welcome news.
“I have received calls from right across the country since I raised this issue in recent weeks. I have liaised with the teaching unions, who are showing more openness to this initiative. Following a meeting with the Minister he has now confirmed to me that schools and VECs can participate in the JobBridge Scheme.
“This is a very positive step, and should help to stem the growing number of newly qualified teachers joining the dole queues. By participating in JobBridge many of these young teachers will now be able to undergo their probation and become fully registered with the Teaching Council. Under the scheme, as well as receiving their dole payment, participants will also receive an additional €50 from the Government.
“I would now encourage both schools and teachers to register with Fás so both sides can avail of this programme. It has been made clear that schools cannot use the scheme to displace existing members of staff. But I think it’s a great opportunity to avail of additional resources; it’s a win-win situation for teachers and schools alike.
“I would also like to commend the teaching unions for their openness and understanding of Newly Qualified Teachers needs. It’s a great example of how a pro-active approach can be to the benefit of all.”