Projects spark teacher re­cruit drive

North West Telegraph - - News - Alicia Per­era

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Pil­bara of­fice is pre­par­ing to boost its teacher re­cruit­ment num­bers over the next few years to meet a pre­dicted steep in­crease in de­mand for ed­u­ca­tors in the re­gion as con­struc­tion on sev­eral ma­jor re­source projects ramps up.

De­vel­op­ing li­aisons with all WA univer­sity fac­ul­ties of ed­u­ca­tion, re­cruit­ing di­rectly though pres­ti­gious train­ing pro­gram Teach for Aus­tralia and work­ing to re­duce lo­cal hous­ing costs are among the strate­gies be­ing worked on by the re­gional of­fice to en­sure it can fill an ex­pected rise in teacher de­mand.

Pil­bara ed­u­ca­tion re­gional ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Neil Darby said the depart­ment was run­ning a num­ber of pro­grams to at­tract teach­ers to the Pil­bara. “As an ex­am­ple, the Teacher Fly­ing Squad helps to fill short term teach­ing va­can­cies and there is an ini­tia­tive to at­tract high per­form­ing fi­nal year univer­sity stu­dents from the State’s five uni­ver­si­ties,” he said.

“The Ru­ral and Re­mote Train­ing Schools project iden­ti­fies high per­form­ing stu­dent teach­ers through uni­ver­si­ties, and then sup­ports them through their long-term practicum place­ments in the re­gion.”

“This sup­port in­cludes men­tor­ing, on­site vis­its and as­sis­tance with lo­cat­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion if re­quired.”

“Five teach­ing as­so­ciates are cur­rently at Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and Hed­land Se­nior High School as part of (Teach for Aus­tralia) and we’re hop­ing to ex­pand this next year.”

Ma­jor re­source projects re­cently an­nounced for the Pil­bara in­clude the US $2.2 bil­lion Koodaideri mine from Rio Tinto, BHP’s US $3.6 bil­lion South Flank project and Fortes­cue Metal Group’s US$1.3 bil­lion Eli­wana mine, all of which are ex­pected to be­gin con­struc­tion in the next few years.

To­gether the projects are ex­pected to cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs.

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