The Department has put in place a range of programmes designed to ease the transition of people into teaching.
The School Experience Programme gives those considering a career in teaching the opportunity to spend one or more observation days in schools to gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of a teacher.
The new School Direct Training Programme (salaried) available from September 2013, gives schools the opportunity to recruit high quality career changers and pay them a salary while they train.
The Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme, available in priority subjects, provides potential trainees with in-depth subject knowledge of their chosen area before they begin teacher training.
The Troops to Teachers Programme provides places for 50 high quality graduate service leavers to enter teaching through an employment-based route.