The Turnbull government wants to encourage tradies to become teachers, and nurses to swap the clinic for the classroom, under a plan to “shake up” the country’s schools.
A national review of teacher registration – to be announced Saturday – will look to streamline the process for becoming a teacher around Australia, with a view to making it easier for people in trades and other professions to switch careers.
At present, most states require teachers to attain at least a diploma of education, if not an undergraduate teaching degree – but it depends on what type of teacher someone seeks to become.
Teachers also need to re-register at least once every five years, and demonstrate ongoing suitability, classroom hours and professional development – but the requirements vary from state to state.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said it should be easier for people with experience in specialist areas to teach those trades at schools and vocational colleges.
“Students need to learn from people from all walks of life,” he said. “Those different life experiences could shake up Australia’s schools and add more depth to the talented teachers we have.”