As school returns, education recruitment agencies are working with the Ministry of Education and schools to help fill vacancies by making the most of the overseas teacher recruitment campaign.
Among them is Randstad Education, which is calling on Kiwi school principals to take advantage of some of the 700 plus teachers who want to move to New Zealand.
“The new school year is upon us and we are committed to partnering with schools and Principals to fill these roles with qualified, international teachers to ensure a strong start,” says Katherine Swan, Country Director, Randstad New Zealand
Education agencies have been working with the Ministry of Education and principals across New Zealand since last September to help fill classrooms with high quality international teachers.
Some schools have embraced overseas teachers; among them is Manurewa Intermediate.
“I like having some overseas teachers because our kids’ worlds are quite small and it’s really good for them to see five teachers from other countries who have had different experiences of different worlds,” principal Iain Taylor told the Herald.
Meanwhile others have been sceptical about recruiting overseas teachers who may not have a good understanding of the New Zealand culture and curriculum.
However, Ranstand says its rigorous recruitment process is designed to guarantee only top candidates with the most relevant experience are selected.
Since advertising the opportunities available, international teachers have been rushing to take up the chance of working in the country.
“New Zealand has a strong reputation for its high calibre education system”, said Swan. “The country’s high standard of living also makes it a very attractive place for quality teachers to work”.