Unemployed teachers can put their skills to use with FAS-style scheme
UNEMPLOYED teachers have been given the chance to gain vital classroom experience under a new internship scheme.
Education Minister Mary Coughlan yesterday said the Government was allowing newly qualified teachers to practise their skills in schools around the country.
She pointed out that this induction support programme, which had been made available to all primary teachers qualifying from this year and would be available to all new post-primary teachers from next year, would assist young teachers to find work.
The move comes amid government attempts to end the scandal of teachers going back to teach while new graduates cannot get work.
Unions estimate that there are 800-1,000 trained primary teachers who are not in regular employment and a higher number of unemployed or under-employed teachers at the post-primary level.
Ms Coughlan told the Dail: "I have introduced a system of internship to allow schools take on unemployed teachers, similar to the FAS programme.
"This could at least give some people the opportunity to become probationary teachers."