Within the schools sector, recruitment methods and strategies remain stable. Schools are largely dealing with vacancies by putting in place temporary contracts for the remainder of the school year. This allows schools to access teachers who move roles at the end of the year.
As such, the demand coming into term two is largely for high quality contract teachers. Within the vocational education sector, there has been an influx of candidates into the market from the TAFE sector, however many vocational education and training (VET) employers are looking for candidates with experience in a commercial environment.
HSC teaching experience remains in high demand, allowing contract teachers to hit the ground running. There is also a shortage of International Baccalaureate experience in the market, particularly in sciences.
Teachers with project management skills who are able to work in a consultative or corporate manner and apply their teaching skills in a non-school working environment are in high demand for program development roles. These roles exist at a range of government and private businesses that provide education programs in schools.
In the coming quarter we expect to see an increase in the number of educational and school leadership roles that become available. The process involved in recruiting for these positions requires a much earlier notice period so that new hires can commence in the new school year.
Vocational Educators within niche and technical subject areas such as events management are in short supply as many do not have the required qualifications to deliver compliant courses.
In terms of skills in demand for the April – June 2015 quarter, we’re seeing a high demand for Early Childhood Teachers due to the very high demand for childcare at long day care centres in Australia. Many ECTs go into the primary school system rather than long day care due to higher wages, better hours and school holidays.
Childcare Services Educators are also highly sought. Trainers in children's services are in high demand as there is a need for more qualified staff in private and government childcare centres. This shortage is continuing to fuel demand for registered training organisations (RTOs) to offer more courses in this area.
The changing regulations and formalisation of apprenticeships and trade courses offered is creating a new breed of specialist Trades Educators. These specialists need to blend industry experience with well planned training courses that fully comply with VET guidelines.
In terms of candidate trends, those who are finding success are the candidates that are being specific in their applications, ensuring that each application is tailored to meet the requirements of each specific role.
As there is a large amount of competition right now for all teaching roles, irrespective of subject, a candidate’s ability to present their experience effectively and differentiate themselves from other applicants is key. Simply having the qualifications or skills is not sufficient to secure a new role.