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There aren’t many jobs where you go home each day knowing you have made a real difference to a child’s life. Teachers are encouraged to think of creative ways to engage their students and you’ll be able to use your experience to help bring your subject to life. 

The skills and experiences you’ve gained during your time as an engineer are invaluable. You could have the potential to become an outstanding teacher.

Why you should consider teaching and some information about where to start. 

1. Use your skills and experience 

Being a teacher means being able to use your engineering skills, and share your knowledge, expertise and passion for your subject. 

Think about your existing skills, such as communication, organisation, leadership and management skills, creativity, innovation and the ability to work under pressure that are all transferable to the classroom and highly valued by the teaching profession. 

2. Make a difference and give back to your community 

Teaching allows you to contribute to your community in a meaningful way and is one of the most direct ways to make an impact. 

As a teacher, you’ll have an important part to play in shaping the next generation. You’ll have the opportunity to be a role model, developing your students’ talents, maximising their potential and enabling them to achieve things they never thought they could. 

3. Help and support to apply 

If you want to become a teacher in England, a Teacher Training Adviser can guide you through the process with free one-to-one support. 

Your adviser will help you with: 

  • getting school experience 
  • funding your course 
  • choosing the right training 
  • writing your personal statement 
  • interview tips 

4. Financial support while you train

Financial support to train as a teacher is available for STEM related subjects, including Maths and Physics of up to £29,000 for postgraduate training.

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three: 

  • Tax-free bursary or scholarship
  • Tuition fee loan and maintenance loan
  • Extra financial support if you're a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability  

How the Get into Teaching service can help:

If you would like more information, the Get into Teaching service can help with our free Teacher Training Adviser service – our experienced teachers can provide you with personalised support via phone, email or text to navigate your journey into the classroom. Visit our dedicated page at Engineers teach physics | Get Into Teaching GOV.UK (education.gov.uk)

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  • Use your skills to inspire the next generation

    • 14 Dec 2022
    • Charlotte Rogers

    Have you ever thought about where your engineering career could take you? We spoke to Ruth and Chris, about their experiences of re-training and how you can kickstart your teaching career.