Hundreds of jobs for new Northern Ireland teachers

By Maggie Taggart
BBC Northern Ireland education correspondent

media captionCiaran McCaffrey, student president at St Mary's University College, welcomed the news of the teaching jobs

Unemployed new teachers will be able to apply for hundreds of extra jobs in the next few weeks.

The move is aimed at raising education standards and giving jobs to new graduates in Northern Ireland.

Only 5% of those who graduated last year managed to get permanent teaching posts.

Two hundred and thirty new, short-term jobs were announced in October and now there are details of where the jobs will be and who can apply.

They will be two-year posts, aimed at raising literacy and numeracy standards in schools in deprived areas.

Eighty will be in primary schools and 150 in post-primary.

The jobs are open only to teachers who have graduated since 2010 and all applicants must be registered with the General Teaching Council in Northern Ireland.

Ciaran McCaffrey is student president at St Mary's university college.

"It's tremendous, 230 jobs, people are getting employed," he said.

"It's great to hear that students will be coming out from St Mary's and getting positions.

"It will be great when they are getting permanent posts also, as they are two-year posts.

"Two years experience in a school, teaching literacy, numeracy, it can only be very good at this stage. "

The jobs will be advertised next month and begin in September.

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