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Find out about teaching vacancies at recruitment fair

More teachers than ever before are turning to Medway for careers in teaching, and next week's teacher recruitment fair (22 March) is set to increase numbers further.

Medway Council will be hosting its third annual teacher recruitment fair on Wednesday, 22 March, at the Corn Exchange in Rochester – the biggest event of its kind in Medway. The event from 3-7pm will highlight a whole host of opportunities for new teachers, those interested in teaching and those already in the profession.

Around 70 schools, recruitment agencies, teacher training providers and universities will be represented, making it an ideal opportunity to hear about all the best vacancies and ways into teaching.

There will also be a chance to meet head teachers from local schools on the look out for fresh and outstanding talent, making this an event that anyone interested in teaching as a career, should not miss.

Those wishing to attend need to register their interest

'All kinds of opportunities'

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Andrew Mackness said: “Following on from our successful recruitment fair last year, we’re pleased to be delivering it again to help get the very best teachers into Medway schools. It’s a good opportunity for schools to showcase what they have on offer to prospective teachers, newly qualified teachers and experienced teachers. We are hosting the event on behalf of both local authority maintained schools and academies in order to meet the challenge of attracting and retaining teachers."

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Educational Attainment and Improvement Cllr Martin Potter said “Being a teacher myself, I am keen to promote the profession and the council’s recruitment fair really is a great place to hear about the latest opportunities and routes into teaching. It offers a platform to learn about all kinds of schools, offering all kinds of opportunities.

“We need to have the very best teachers working in Medway schools, engaging our young people and helping them achieve to their full potential.”

Drive to recruit more teachers in Medway

Over the past 18-months Medway Council has unleashed an action plan to tackle the national challenge surrounding the recruitment of teachers at a local level. As a result, teachers in the authority’s talent pool have increased by almost 280, and 350 prospective teachers have registered their interest to start their teaching career in Medway.

Just some of the reasons for this success include:

• The development and promotion of vacancies via a dedicated recruitment website

• Running workshops for head teachers and business managers focused on recruitment and retention strategy development

• Providing opportunities for prospective teachers to access routes into teaching

• Increasing schools’ use of online applications and applicant tracking systems

• Working with private sector companies (JobsGoPublic, Eteach and TES) to ensure Medway schools maximise their outreach when advertising vacancies

• Promoting teaching in Medway internationally to eight countries in partnership with recruitment agencies including: Australia (with Supplydesk), South Africa (with Red teachers) and Ireland (with UTeach).

The enhanced campaign and positive results have led to Medway Council being shortlisted in the Kent CIPD awards for innovative teacher recruitment, for which the winner will be announced on Thursday, 23 March.

The council also achieved finalist status at the Personnel Today Awards in October 2016 for Talent Management.