The UK and Ireland are suffering from a shortage of English as a foreign language teachers in the wake of the pandemic, even though the number of students has multiplied.
The UK and Ireland are facing a severe shortage of teachers of English as a second language and now they are in search of them. At the time, health and mobility restrictions during the pandemic forced many teachers out of the profession. Now unrestricted, student numbers have recovered at a rapid pace, reaching a 172% increase in the first quarter of 2022 over the same period in 2021. However, the shortage of teachers has remained, creating great job opportunities in the sector.
David Charnaud of Cambridge University Press & Assessment reminds us of the importance of having the CELTA qualification. This is the qualification for teaching English as a foreign language; the minimum requirement for those who want to become teachers in academies, colleges, boarding schools or other accredited institutions. It is the most internationally recognized certification for teachers of English.
UK schools looking for teachers
According to English UK, the Association of Language Centers in the UK, 91% of jobs in teaching English as a foreign language have been affected by the pandemic. Centers lost approximately 54% of their staff by the end of 2020. Schools across the UK are now in the search of teachers.
The opportunities are both to work temporarily in the summer and to consider a long-term career in the UK. “Now is the time to put our qualifications to good use and explore the many opportunities open to you,” says Huan Japes, Director of Membership at English UK.
The CELTA qualification includes face-to-face or online teaching placements with groups of students, giving you the confidence to start teaching in just four weeks.