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Howick College joins exciting teachers initiative  

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Howick College is part of school-based teacher training programme works in partnership with the University of Waikato.

Howick College has joined a new initiative with a group of Auckland schools offering a new way to train to become a secondary school teacher with a scholarship and university fees paid.

The school-based teacher training programme works in partnership with the University of Waikato.

Trainees will spend one year completing coursework with the University of Waikato while working onsite at Howick College, being mentored by experts in their subject area.

They will be fully immersed in school life with a job offer at the end.

“As you can imagine we are very excited to be joining other schools across Auckland in this programme,” says Howick College associate principal Paul Bennett.

Bennett says like all schools, Howick College finds it challenging to recruit teachers.

“This programme is an excellent opportunity to recruit career changers from within our community to train and work at Howick College.

“It is a hands-on learning programme in which trainees are supported by one of our teacher coaches, while completing the academic qualification online,” he says.

The programme is unique in that it is fees-free, provides trainees with $12,500 and they are offered immersive and practical training at Howick College for the whole year.

“Our hope would be to recruit from the local community and retain any trainees as a teacher once they have graduated.

“In 2024 we are particularly interested in those wanting to train in PE/Health, technology and English,” Bennett says.

Those interested in finding out more about the programme, can contact Howick College deputy principal Emma Jones at emma.jones@howick.school.nz.

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