It has just got harder to train as a Teacher in Northern Ireland

Current students thinking of pursuing a career in teaching after completing their undergraduate degree will now find it even harder to gain a place on a PGCE course. The Department of Education has reduced the number of PGCE places available for trainee teachers by 20%. The department has been trying to limit the number of teachers being trained due to both the high number of teacher redundancies currently taking place throughout the sector as a result of departmental budget cuts and the already high number of unemployed new teachers without permanent jobs in a saturated jobs market.