Scots workers to be offered £20,000 to retrain as STEM teachers.

The Scotsman reports that Scots workers are to be offered £20,000 deals to change career and retrain as teachers in key technical subjects such as maths and science, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced.

The Scottish Government hopes the move will reach beyond the current crop of graduates to address the shortage of teachers in some parts of the country.

The government has also come under fire over falling literacy and numeracy standards in Scotland’s schools during its decade in power. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s recent Programme for Government was built around the creation of a high-tech, skilled economy, but there are concerns over the number of teachers in key technical subjects.

Now bursaries of £20,000 are to be created for workers wishing to change career and become a teacher in priority science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects. The plan was unveiled as Mr Swinney addressed delegates at the SNP conference in Glasgow yesterday.

The Scottish Government expects up to 100 people a year could apply for the bursaries – meaning annual costs of £1 million.

“In schools in some parts of our country and in some subjects we know we have a shortage of teachers,” Mr Swinney said. “We have taken a range of actions to help councils tackle that problem and now I want to go further.

Read more Scots workers to be offered £20,000 to retrain as STEM teachers.

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  1. Interesting. Councils across Scotland control teacher appointments and even an attempt to get existing RETURNING teachers has not made it past their red tape of procedure – including past the requirements of the GTC and PNG. I do hope this helps the recruitment problem in Scotland but fear it wont. And while I am on it, why not offer returning teachers bursaries to refresh and come back???

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