I bet we have the same problem here

Universities and tertiary institutions churn out thousands of people qualified for jobs where only dozens exist. I’ll bet there are more people training to be journalists than jobs exist, and the same goes for teachers.

In Australia the cost of this is enormous  but I imagine the costs of proving training and student loans is likewise enormous with little if any prospect of the majority of then working in their chosen field.

TENS of millions of dollars are being wasted training teachers who do not enter a classroom, with federal and state governments spending at least $16,500 on each student teacher every year despite up to 90 per cent in some states failing to find a job.

Universities graduate about 16,000 new teachers every year across the nation, half of whom are primary teachers, but an oversupply in the workforce means the vast majority of new teachers struggle to find work in schools. 

Shortages exist in maths and science teaching, but across the rest of the profession universities are producing more teachers than required, particularly in primary teaching, with tens of thousands of teachers on waiting lists in the biggest states.

The true extent of the imbalance in the teaching workforce is unknown, with a Productivity Commission inquiry last year unable to compile a national picture.

But about 90 per cent of teachers graduating university in NSW and Queensland fail to find a job, while about 40,000 teachers in NSW and 16,000 teachers in Queensland are on departmental waiting lists for a permanent job.

The Victorian education department says it employed about half its teaching graduates last year, but this still left about 2500 new teachers looking for a job.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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