Tackling the ELT capacity challenge
11 July 2022

Tackling the ELT capacity challenge 

The shortages in homestay hosts, teachers and other key ELT staff is a key issue this summer and in future. This is a priority in our new strategy.

Currently, we are working with current and potential course providers to increase the pipeline of TEFL course graduates. This includes new qualification options for temporary staff, an increase in course provision and qualification formats and promotion of the Cambridge CELTA and the Trinity CertTESOL qualifications to graduates and others.

We are also promoting UK ELT both as a source of attractive temporary employment and also as a longer-term career option.

We are currently developing materials that can be shared with members and university careers departments, promoted on social media and at university careers fairs around the UK. Additionally, we will create materials for members to use with potential homestay hosts.

Supporting our work is a new capacity challenge working group of English UK trustees, other members and key stakeholders - including the British Council accreditation unit - to review progress and suggest alternative options. The group will meet for the first time in September 2022.

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