Take your engineering skills into the classroom

As a graduate of engineering, your skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and strong numeracy will provide a natural transition to teaching subjects such as maths, physics, chemistry or computing – subjects that are in demand in schools. You’ll also provide pupils the chance to conquer a subject that’s a gateway to other careers and employment. Many engineers successfully retrain as teachers every year and there's lots of support available throughout the application process. 

The benefits 

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What to expect

As a trainee teacher, you’ll learn the skills to plan and deliver engaging lessons that inspire the best results from your pupils. You’ll be assisted by a team of mentors and tutors, helping you become a confident and inspiring teacher.

Once you qualify, you’ll benefit from a competitive salary of at least £23,720, or £29,664 in inner London; as your career progresses, so will your salary – in fact, teachers in leadership roles earn on average £58,100, with many earning significantly more. 

Enhance your subject knowledge 

If you need to refresh your knowledge, you could complete a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you start your training. 

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