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Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ

  • 500 - 1,000 employees

Employment-based Trainee Teacher | Systemic Changemaker

Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Nelson, Northland, Taranaki, Tasman, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Dependent on experience
Start Date
15 Nov 2020

Application dates

Applications Close
27 Sep 2020

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Communication & Media Studies
Graphic Design & Visual Arts
Journalism & Writing
Aerospace Engineering
Air Traffic Control
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Aircraft Operation & Aviation
Automotive & Transport Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction
Communications Engineering
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Engineering & Mathematics (all other)
Engineering Management
Environmental Engineering
Fire & Safety Engineering
Geomatic Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics & Statistics
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Renewable Energy Engineering
Robotics & Mechatronics Engineering
Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Politics & Policy Studies
Social Science (all other)
Psychology & Counselling
Biomedical Science
Medicine & Medical Science
Nutrition & Dietetics
Paramedic Science
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Artificial Intelligence
Computer Graphics & Animation
Computer Science (all other)
Computer Systems and Networks
Cyber Security
Data Science
Design & User Experience
Programming & Software Engineering
Video Game Development
Earth Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Science
Laboratory Technology
Marine Science
Physics & Astronomy

The Teach First NZ programme provides you with the opportunity and support to make a meaningful impact in the classroom and wider community. The Programme is two years long, during which participants are paid a full untrained teacher salary and graduate with a fully-scholarshipped Postgraduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching. After this, participants are fully qualified teachers, with experience in leading social change. Many continue to teach in their schools, and move into management positions; others advocate for change in the non-profit, government, or business sectors.

Acceptance into the Teach First NZ programme means that you can

  • Make a real difference in the community and in the lives of our rangitahi
  • Be a part of a national movement towards change
  • Develop your leadership skills and potential
  • Be paid a full salary as you learn
  • Become a fully qualified teacher with a Postgraduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching
  • Build lifelong friendships with fellow participants
  • Access a network of participants, alumni, education leaders and NGOs
  • Receive a competitive salary, as well as 10 weeks of annual holiday, and
  • Receive a fully-funded qualification.

The Need

The potential of young people in Aotearoa New Zealand is limitless. Access to opportunity is not; nor is it evenly distributed. Aotearoa has one of the highest rates of educational inequality in the developed world, ranking 33rd out of 38 countries. It is 4X more likely to fail a student from a low-socioeconomic community.

The Opportunity

We provide an opportunity for outstanding people with a drive to help lead change, and a firm belief in the limitless potential of all young people, to make a commitment to addressing inequality. We are looking for graduates and career changers who DO NOT currently have a qualification in teaching, as the Teach First NZ programme provides support for you to develop into a highly effective teacher and inspirational leader, to serve the amazing young people in our lowest-income communities across the country.

In the long term, you will be a part of a network of leaders in education and across all fields who are committed to achieving equality in Aotearoa. Our Kairapu (alumni) network is a dynamic force for social change. United by the shared experience and knowledge of the challenges that schools and wider communities face, as well as the commitment to address the issues, our community makes progress toward nationwide equality.

Recruitment process

  • Apply online
  • Phone interview: Successful applicants will be invited to a phone interview, which is an opportunity to discuss your alignment in further depth through a 20-30 minute phone conversation.
  • Ako Centre: Success in a phone interview will lead you to an online one-day Ako Centre, incorporating a pepeha process, an interview, a group exercise, a sample teaching lesson and self-reflection exercises.
  • Offer: If you are successful at an Ako Centre, congratulations! You will be made an offer to start your leadership journey with Ako Mātātupu.
  • Programme Commences: The seven-week intensive training will commence in November 2020; participants will begin teaching in their partner schools in January 2021.