Careers support

All our teacher training courses have support built into the courses to enable trainees to find jobs post-graduation. We have consistently high employability scores for teacher training courses.

Our excellent links with local employers and local authorities in the region means we are able to draw on outside professional expertise for career support. We welcome NQTs and head teachers into the school on a regular basis and they offer sound support and advice to students.

Our supportive staff offer as much assistance as is required on any aspect of your course programme and career planning. In addition to helping with personal development planning and NQTs’ career entry and development profiles, personal tutors will also supply references.

Employability opportunities for students

Kapil Kapur
Kapil Kapur

Primary Education with QTS - BA (Hons)

Kapil Kapur has taken on a role as a mentor while undertaking his degree. He goes into a secondary school to encourage Year 11 students to progress to higher education and also mentors first year Education students at the University on their teaching practice.

It’s a role he finds very rewarding and has increased his passion to teach, particularly as he has seen at first hand the impact that teachers can make.

Kapil says, "The satisfaction is brilliant and the role is very flexible as well, which is ideal to fit around studies.

"It has been great to secure a job that is relevant to my future career. The University has been really good for that and is also helping us to find jobs after we graduate".

Mentoring

Students at the School of Education have the chance to get involved in a number of mentoring opportunities, both in local schools as well as within the University.

Our students have taken part in mentoring programmes such as Mosaic, where they were able to work with young people to help them raise their aspirations for the future. Find out more about Mosaic.

Employment week

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies students have recently benefited from skills workshops and career insights as part of Employment Week. In a cross-school collaboration, lecturers from the Business School presented to students on topics such as social enterprise and entrepreneurship, enabling them to broaden their careers ideas.

One student commented: "Employment week was very beneficial as it allowed me to explore the various jobs and career options which I could pursue. I found job hunting in the third sector very interesting, as I didn't realise the variety of jobs that are available. Play therapy was an eye opener as it allowed me to explore how play can allow children to express their thoughts and feelings."

Guest lecturers
"On certain occasions guest speakers have come into the University to work with us which has been fantastic. I have had lectures from a range of head teachers, participated in a workshop with a professional storyteller and attended talks by the illustrator and writer Tony Ross and child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas which have been definite highlights for me."
Eve Richardson, BA (Hons) Primary Education

Initial teacher training (ITT)

Colleagues in the profession will offer you guidance on interview techniques and help with writing job applications. You will also be assigned a personal tutor, who will offer further guidance and advice on the preparation of your CV and applications and provide a written reference.

You will undertake a module that prepares you specifically for the classroom and your placements will give you valuable employability skills.

Childhood and Youth courses

You will be offered career guidance from a variety of professionals from each strand of the course. Your personal tutors can help you to prepare your CV and applications, and will provide a written reference for you.