Wales needs 50,000 more teaching staff over the next seven years


Data released at the start of a new education jobs information campaign by Careers Wales shows one in 10 people in work in Wales are employed in the education sector – but 50,000 more are needed by 2024.

In the same week as the largest ever survey of teachers in Wales showed that nearly 90% cannot manage their workload and one third are considering leaving the profession, Careers Wales announced it is launching a new campaign to encourage more people to join the teaching and education sector.

Management and support assistants are among the fastest growing areas with an overall four percent growth in education jobs expected by 2024.

Richard Spear, chief executive of Careers Wales, said: “The statistics in our ‘Spotlight’ highlight the need for skilled professionals in this sector over the next seven years.

“This demand indicates promising job prospects and young people who are deciding which subjects to study, or what to do after their GCSEs or A-Levels, should factor a career in education into their decision-making process.”

“It’s a varied sector with professionals working in areas ranging from careers advice, evening classes, and supporting roles, to teaching, providing school dinners, and managerial roles.”

Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies, said: “Careers Wales’ Spotlight on Education is a useful tool to help young people interested in the sector make informed decisions about their career”

“Education is the fourth largest sector employer in Wales, with an additional 50,000 people needed to work in the industry by 2024, and the employment opportunities within the sector are both plentiful and varied.”


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