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City workers 'turning to graduate jobs in teaching'

Published: Wednesday, 03 December 2008   Category: Public sector

City workers are increasingly looking on teaching as a "safe port in the storm", according to the head of the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

John Connolly commented that many former finance workers had decided upon career changes over the last few years, with many keen "to give something back".

Commenting upon the current economic downturn, he suggested it was a good time for City professionals to do that, especially as many of them are science graduates.

Mr Connolly added: "We are investing heavily in conversion courses which take people who have degrees in other subjects and send them to a six month science boot camp to get trained."

Figures from Education Data Surveys published in February 2008 indicated that the number of applicants to teacher training had declined in numbers.

Compared with last year, applications have fallen overall by almost nine per cent, with the number of prospective physics teachers falling by 30 per cent, statistics which may buoy those seeking graduate jobs in education.

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