The UK has opened opportunities for teachers from Zimbabwe with equivalent qualifications to their British counterparts and at least one year of teaching experience to apply for jobs.
The United Kingdom is looking for teachers to fill vacancies that have been created by Brexit and an ageing population structure. To help them get their hands on Zimbabwean teachers, the UK will be adjusting the way it awards Visas to qualified teachers from countries such as Zimbabwe.
Starting 1 February 2023, Zimbabwean teachers wanted in the UK will be able to easily apply for a work Visa to the UK.
According to a memo by the UK government, from 1 February 2023, teachers who qualified in Zimbabwe and nine other countries will also be able to apply to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) for QTS (qualified teacher status) in the UK.
To be a teacher in the majority of primary and secondary schools in England, one must have a QTS. It is proof one has the necessary education and adheres to the criteria necessary to be a teacher.
iQTS is an international teaching qualification designed for UK and non-UK citizens living outside the UK. iQTS means you can gain qualified teacher status (QTS) while working overseas.
“This change is part of the launch of a new service, apply for QTS in England. From 1 February 2023, the way we award QTS will change.
“Teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of QTS. Over time, this route will be opened to qualified teachers from every country outside the UK,” read the statement.
There are 4 routes to enter teaching jobs in UK for Zimbabweans.
- apply for QTS through the Teaching Regulation Agency
- apply for assessment only QTS
- apply for teacher training in England
- apply to train for international qualified teacher status (iQTS)
One’s eligibility for each route will depend on: where you qualified, whether you already have teaching experience and your personal circumstances.
According to a University College London report, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, there were around 8% more teacher openings in 2020 (138 512) than there were in 2019 (128 235).
During the initial Covid-19 lockdown, which occurred in April 2020, the number of openings reached its lowest point at about 6 700. The need for teachers stabilised by late April after the initial shock.
The demand for teaching professionals had risen above pre-pandemic levels by mid-summer and the beginning of autumn.
Those for successfully apply for the UK teaching jobs for Zimbabweans will have a base salary of about £30,000 (US$37,500) per annum for the lowest-paid teachers
UK institutions will be able to hire teachers straight from Zimbabwe and they must sponsor visas and applications for a Qualified Teacher Status certification.
You can read the official statement by the government of UK here.