Ageing workforce means future teacher shortages

Posted October 13, 2011, by Louisa Veidelis

An ageing workforce in the education sector may mean upcoming skills shortages at schools and TAFE institutions.

The average age of Australian school teachers is now 45 years old, and 33 per cent of permanent school teachers will reach retirement age in the next five years, according to the NSW Auditor-General’s Report which examines employment trends in NSW schools (February 2008).

‘The Department of Education and Training is faced with the loss of large numbers of retiring teachers and their associated skills’, said Peter Achterstraat, Auditor-General of NSW. ‘While the overall impact of the ageing workforce is likely to be gradual, there is still a risk of teacher shortages.’

Many industries are being affected by the ageing Australian workforce, but it is expected to hit the education workforce particularly hard because the average age of teachers is greater than that of any industry sector.

Certain jobs, such as maths and science teachers, are expected to experience significant shortages, according to the NSW Auditor-General’s Office.

So if you’re looking for a new career that will grow during the financial downturn, now could be the time to study for that diploma of education.

Louisa Veidelis

Academy Xi
ACBI (Australian College of Business Intelligence)
AIBI Higher Education
AIM Business School
ALC Training
Australasian College of Health and Wellness
Australian College of Physical Education
Australian Institute of Business
Australian Institute of Management Education and Training
Australian Institute of Personal Trainers
Billy Blue College of Design
Builders Academy Australia
Building and Construction Training Australia
Celtic Training
Collaboration Learning
College for Adult Learning
Demi International
Ducere Global Business School
Ella Bache College
Endeavour College of Natural Health
Foundation Education
Gateway Training Academy
GROW Training Group
Hader Institute of Education
Hammond Institute
Industry Skills Training
Insight Training
James Cook University Online
La Trobe University
Lumify Learn
MCI Institute
Melbourne College of Further Education
Monarch Institute
Monash College Future Skills
Nepean Industry Edge Training
Onfit Training College
Open Colleges
Original Campus
Outsource Institute
Parker Brent
Pet Stylist Academy
Phillips Institute
RMIT Online
Sero Institute
Serve It Up
The Hotel School
The Institute of Applied Psychology
Torrens University Australia
University of Adelaide
University of the Sunshine Coast
UNSW Online
UTS Online
Victoria University Online
Torrens University Australia
Torrens University Australia
University of East London
Southern Cross University