Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Teaching cuts deter trainees

During the last recession, many graduates, faced with a tight job market, opted for teacher training as an insurance policy.

This gave them a professional qualification and many young people then strengthened the profession considerably.

Faced now with up to 100 competitors for every job, it will be interesting to see if a surge in teaching applications occurs this year. Confronted with the triple-whammy of longer working years, increased pension contributions and smaller pensions, this does seem unlikely.

CHRIS MARTIN

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