The Northern Ireland Job Market is reportedly prepping too many teachers.
According to a 2019 Skills Barometre report published by the Department for the Economy (DfE) there are current and future skills needed for the local economy.
The skills barometre is produced by DfE and written by academics from Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC).
The subjects forecast to be predominantly under-supplied are engineering and technology, maths and computer sciences and physical and environmental sciences. The estimated economy will require an additional 330 engineering and technology graduates and 290 additional maths and computer science graduates each year.
Lower levels of recruitments and spending in public supply growth, will contributes to the amassing of teaching positions in the near future with an estimated over-supply of 140 teachers trained for each year.
515 newly-qualified teachers graduated from Northern Ireland’s from four teacher training institutions in 2018. The report also observed that there is an increasing trend of young people leaving educational institutes with lower qualifications every year.
Around three in 10 school leavers failed to gain 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A* – C. High proportion of school leavers with low qualifications put pressure on other parts of the education system which meant the majority of learners qualifying from Further Education Colleges took relatively low-level courses.
Children entitled to free school meals (FSM) were still much more likely to leave school with lower qualifications than less disadvantaged children. Much like other parts of the world, IT is likely to witness the biggest boost by 2028. According to the skills barometer, 23% of people currently employed in Northern Ireland have at least an undergraduate degree. 33% of vacancies over the next decade are