19 October 2007

Western Australia wants UK teachers for Australian immigration

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A recruitment scheme has been launched by the Western Australian Education Department as it tries to persuade British teachers to apply for Australian visas. Education department representatives will be sent to Australian immigration expos being held in Manchester, Leeds and London in a bid to attract both graduate and experienced teachers for Western Australian country schools.

The department has pledged to offer support to UK teachers interested in Australian immigration. Spokesman Allan Blagaich said: "We will be as a department supporting these people who will make the move across that if they complete two successful years of teaching in our country schools that we will support them for an [Australian visa] extension and work towards residency."

Education minister Mark McGowan said: "We are doing everything possible to increase the state's teaching workforce. Teachers from the UK are highly qualified, from a similar cultural background and very interested in visiting and working in country Western Australia, which is why we are keen to continue with this recruitment method. WA has a relaxed lifestyle, good climate and a booming economy, with jobs not only for teachers, but for partners or spouses and for other family members."

An advertising campaign is being mounted in the British media and the department will also advertise for teachers at Irish and Scottish immigration expos. This campaign follows the successful UK recruitment drive earlier this year, which attracted 27 overseas teachers and their families to Western Australia.

There are vacancies for secondary school teachers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, English and literature, other languages, design and technology, and home economics.

Australia needs teachers: anyone interested in Australian immigration should complete the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa assessment to see if they qualify for skilled migration to Australia.

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