Pipeline of oil and gas workers runs dry

Scheme to retrain industry workers as teachers hit by 50 per cent dropout rate

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Nearly half of the redundant oil and gas workers who signed up for a £400,000 government scheme to get more science and maths teachers into schools have dropped out.

In total the scheme has produced only 10 new teachers. There were 20 places available on the scheme, with early figures showing 19 former oil and gas workers had signed up.

Aberdeen – one of two councils involved – will benefit from two extra teachers and, while the scheme was introduced so former oil and gas workers could “inspire the next generation of young people in Stem subjects” where teacher shortages are most acute, only ...

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