A RECRUITMENT drive is coming to Yorkshire and the Humber to encourage young people starting out in the world of work and those considering switching jobs to find out more about life as a teacher.

The free Get Into Teaching event aims to inspire more people in the area to join a profession that helps shape the lives of the next generation.

The event, from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday 25th April at First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds, LS2 8BY, is open to everyone – from the career curious, to those ready to apply – and will be packed with information and advice on the steps to becoming a teacher.

The Get Into Teaching Yorkshire and the Humber event will include opportunities to meet current teachers from local schools, talk to expert advisers, and connect with others interested in teaching. Information will also be available about how to fund your training – tax-free bursaries of up to £27,000 to train as a teacher are available in selected subjects.

It is part of a new programme of events taking place in different locations across England this spring, organised by Get Into Teaching, which provides a comprehensive programme of support to help people become teachers.

Reflecting on his career to date, Jamie Chapman, acting headteacher at Meanwood Church of England Primary School in Leeds, said, “As a teacher, you have the unique opportunity to help young people fulfil their potential and help them discover who they are - the impact you have goes well beyond their classroom years. What motivates me most about my role is creating relationships that can empower children to do fantastic and amazing things. There isn’t any other job which has that amount of possibility."

Post-graduate teacher training typically lasts one year, with new trainees starting courses each September. Applications to train from this autumn are now open.

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to explore everything you need to know about a career that really does change lives and allow you to make your mark on the world."

At the event there’ll be hourly presentations, one covering the teacher training process and one giving practical tips on how to apply. Regional training providers will be on hand, alongside professional bodies offering scholarships. Other zones will allow visitors to meet the teachers and have one-to-one conversations with teacher training advisors.

Registration in advance is advisable by visiting: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/events/230425-get-into-teaching-yorkshire-and-the-humber but people can turn up and register at the event on the day.