Attendees watching presentations

Portsmouth’s community show their support for careers in the classroom

Over 100 people attended a special event to learn about jobs and opportunities in the city’s schools and colleges. The Teach Portsmouth Support and Teaching Assistant Jobs Fair invited local experts including a teaching assistant apprentice and deputy head teacher, to share their expertise, in the hopes of inspiring others to join the profession.

Portsmouth still needs more people to support children and young people across primary, secondary and specialist schools. In the last year, people who have attended these events have gone onto become teaching assistants, volunteers as well as start training.

Those who attended the event at Central Library on Tuesday 23 April 2024, watched a series of short presentations about working in school/college, what qualifications are available and top tips to start their job search.

A spokesperson at Portsmouth City Council said:

“We are thrilled by the overwhelming response to this event. The level of interest underscores the community’s curiosity in pursuing rewarding careers in schools and colleges.

“This event reflects our commitment to supporting educational excellence and providing opportunities for people to explore diverse roles within the education sector.”

Alongside presentations, attendees were able to sign up to taster sessions with HSDC, Thinking Schools Academy Trust, University of Chichester Academy Trust and Play Youth Community service.

This supports people who may lack the experience or confidence to apply for a job straight away by enabling them to visit a workplace. People who attend a taster session are supervised during their visit. Taster sessions often include a tour, a chance to meet staff and learn more about different vacancies.

The National Careers Service was once again in attendance, providing important advice and information on how to write a CV and complete a job application.