A new campaign to address the unprecedented teacher shortage has seen 22 pre-service teachers awarded a total of $205,000 in scholarships and secure placements to Catholic Schools Broken Bay for 2023 and beyond.
Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo said he was delighted to see this initiative activated.
“It creates targeted pathways for bringing in the best early career teachers into Catholic Schools Broken Bay and will enhance our ability to provide authentic professional Catholic education with care and compassion.”
Director of Schools Danny Casey, who will present recipients with their awards on December 8, said: “Catholic Schools Broken Bay is committed to attracting and retaining a quality workforce, placing our students and our staff at the centre of all we do. This exciting initiative will support our objective, ensuring we secure the best undergraduate teachers to our diocese.”
The inaugural CSBB Exemplary Teacher Incentive Program targeted high-achieving aspiring teachers, attracting more than 80 applicants from year 12 students through to undergraduates in their final year of study.
In addition to significant financial support, recipients will be provided with an experienced mentor teacher who can offer support and guidance throughout any remaining period of study and into the critical early years of teaching, as well as access to professional learning, formation and coaching programs.
Recipients will also be provided with part-time employment while studying and a guaranteed full-time teaching position upon degree completion.
“The additional classroom experience and on-the-job training provided as part of this program will see recipients better prepared to face the challenges of the teaching profession and well-supported in their early years of teaching,” Mr Casey said.