Dept for Education scheme helps redundant recruiters move into teaching

The Department for Education has launched a scheme supporting employers who wish to help staff faced with redundancy move into teaching.

A statement released by education consultancy Cognition Education, the deliverer of the programme, reveals it has been designed to provide firms with the advice and resources needed to guide staff who may be at risk of redundancy, to transition into a teaching role where their skills and experience will benefit the classroom, with staff joining a new cohort of trainee teachers this autumn.

The free programme, which aims to dovetail any existing approaches organisations may be making towards redeployment and redundancy support, has a four-stage process offering organisations support and guidance throughout. Once companies have registered an interest in the programme, will work to manage the transition of eligible employees into teaching by discussing the individual redundancy needs of the business, providing them with resources such as relevant marketing materials and personalised support to employees. 

Bespoke support will be given to individuals with an interest in teaching, from assessing their eligibility and helping with the initial application process through to their teacher training and first qualified year of teaching. Ineligible employees will be signposted to alternative routes into teaching.

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