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Train to be a teacher and you could help turn that New Year’s resolution into a reality

BECOMING a teacher is a New Years resolution for many in the job market.

Figures show the profession is more popular than ever with interest peaking each January.

Training to be a teacher is a New Years resolution for many in the job market and the profession is just as popular as ever

Last January was the busiest month in the 2015/16 academic year, with more than 21,000 registrations of interest including 14,000 from people working in other fields.

More than 6,200 people aged 30 or over started teacher training in 2016/17 the highest since 2012/13.

Trainees could get a 25,000 tax-free bursary and nine out of ten newly qualified teachers are employed within six months on a minimum of 22,467.

Roger Pope, chairman of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: Teaching is a fantastic career, as it gives you the opportunity to inspire young people.

It is also a career that offers great opportunities for progression.

Trainee computer science teacher Martin Leach, 33, changed careers last January after ten years as an IT engineer.

He is now training at Shotton Hall in Peterlee, Co Durham.

Trainee computer science teacher Martin Leach, 33, changed careers last January after ten years as an IT engineer

Martin said: I decided to change careers because I was just stuck doing the same job over and over.

Ive not looked back and I absolutely love being a teacher.

See getintoteaching.education.gov.uk



Plotting pension pays off

Many employers will up their contribution into your workplace pension if you decide to pay more yourself

RETIREMENT seems a long way off in your twenties and thirties but this is when you should start putting money away for the future.

Minister for Work and Pensions Richard Harrington said: Start off small and build it up.

Even if you can only afford to put a bit in at first, it can all add up.

Heres how to make the best of your workplace pension.

Auto enrolment means if you are over the age of 22 and earn more than 10,000, your employer will ensure you pay a small amount in. It comes out of your pay packet before it hits your bank account.

You will probably get a statement every year saying how much you have saved and what you would get in retirement. This will go up every year you pay in.

Many employers will up their contribution into your workplace pension if you decide to pay more yourself.

By 2019, for every 40 you put in, your employer will pay 30 and there may be an extra 10 tax relief. This is a great deal you wont get with other forms of long-term saving.

Money put into a pension before you are 40 could benefit from decades of interest. Let the money do all the work.

Take add-vantage

UK accountancy firm BDO is on the lookout for trainees

A MAJOR UK accountancy firm is on the lookout for trainees and not just graduates.

BDO wants to add 350 new people to its ranks across its four key programmes graduates, school leavers, summer interns and summer school.

The firms managing partner Paul Eagland, who is himself a non-graduate, is passionate about encouraging the next generation of business advisers and he said:

Trainees are the lifeblood of our organisation.

They are ambitious, smart and flourish in an environment that supports individuality.

We want an inclusive culture where background has no relevance to success.

Widening our criteria is part of that.

Visit bdo.co.uk/en-gb/careers for more information.

Worries over ageing

A third of over-45s are concerned about their physical health in the workplace

AROUND one in four over-45s believe they have been discriminated against at work because of their age.

New research from job site totaljobs.com shows nervousness from employees around age-related issues.

A third of over-45s are concerned about their physical health in the workplace, while 27 per cent worry about new technology and being able to adapt.

TotalJobs has worked with an expert panel to design an office of the future that meets the needs of older workers.

Features include a safe space to ask tech- related questions. Group sales director John Salt said: For every negative connotation associated with older workers, there are benefits.

Confidence and knowledge grow with age and our office is about preserving these qualities more than managing decline.

Designs on jobs

CV-Library has found that design, tourism and catering are the best industries in which to find employment

JOBS site CV-Library has found that design, tourism and catering are the best industries in which to find employment this year.

Its study analysed the average number of jobs in the UKs key sectors during 2016 and discovered that design had the biggest boom up by 43 per cent.

The leisure, catering and legal industries all saw their numbers increase by more than a third.

Other sectors with notable increases included agriculture (32 per cent), automotives (28 per cent), social care (27 per cent) and manufacturing (26 per cent).

Lee Biggins, the founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: It is great to see that the job markets in these key UK industries are performing so well.

Its particularly good news for candidates who are looking for work right now.

These sectors are some of the UKs core industries and key drivers for our economy, so its fantastic there are great job opportunities.

Applications are up and this will increase as candidates embark on fresh starts for their careers.

For the full list from the study, go to cv-library.co.uk

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