The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, and the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, today announced several measures to attract, train and requalify a greater number of resources by 2026. the urgent need for labor in the educational network.
These actions are in addition to the actions that have already been announced in recent weeks in the context of Opération main-d’oeuvre.
In order to attract especially experienced staff to the schools network, the government confirms that it wants to perpetuate the financial incentive introduced on September 21, 2020 in the context of the pandemic to promote a return to education of retired staff.
For the 2020-2021 school year, this incentive made it possible to recruit 700 retired teachers to support the education network. Discussions are underway with the various partners involved.
Retired teachers are paid from their first replacement day according to the salary scale that applied when they left. Specifically, a recently retired teacher could receive almost double the usual maximum salary, i.e. a maximum daily wage of about $412, compared to the usual maximum rate of $212.15, without penalty on his retirement benefits.
To provide greater stability and promote teacher retention, part-time contracts may also be awarded to qualified teachers or commitment-tolerance holders, allowing them to combine substitute and substitute duties into a full-time job.
In particular, this measure will facilitate the replacement of permanent teachers during the year.
It also aims to make the teaching profession more attractive, especially among young teachers, who mainly form the group of occasional substitutes.
In anticipation of the 2022-2023 school year, the cabinet also wants to accelerate the process of seconding teaching staff in order to fill as many vacancies as possible before 1 July and thus promote the retention and stability of these staff. In this regard, the Minister of Education has sent the network a ministerial guideline to encourage local stakeholders to advance their assignment sessions, allowing teachers to know their position in advance with a view to the next return.
Talks are also underway with trade unions.
Day care training
Since the need for manpower is also very great for school childcare, the government will invest $22.6 million in five years to carry out various actions to train more educators and educators.
For example, online training will be encouraged so that teachers who are already employed can obtain an Attestation of Professional Studies (AEP).
The network will also be supported in the development and implementation of enhanced workplace learning.
A range of francization services for professional purposes will also be developed to enable future educators who have recently emigrated to acquire more quickly the vocabulary specific to this profession and improve their skills in oral communication in a context of workplace intervention . †
In addition, the government will promote the recognition of the prior learning and skills process (RAC) to facilitate access to qualifications for those with experience in the field, both in Quebec and abroad. This mechanism is already available to educational organizations and a service offering has been implemented in most regions.
“We have a great need for more teachers in our schools and the need for childcare staff is just as great,” said Mr. roberge. These are stimulating work environments and I am confident that the new measures deployed under Operation Workforce will go a long way to helping people come and pursue careers in education. We will tirelessly continue to promote these professions, which are so important and essential to reaching the full potential of our students. †
“The strength of Opération main-d’oeuvre is that all departments involved have joined forces to join forces,” said Minister Boulet. The measures announced today are part of a series of nearly 80 measures, such as Perspective Québec grants and support for the training of the unemployed. Recruitment, training, requalification, skills recognition, targeted use of immigration, support for the quality of workplaces and the improvement of working conditions: these are the ways in which Opération main-d’oeuvre will contribute to addressing the challenges of labor shortages, including especially for essential public services and strategic areas for our economy. I invite anyone interested to take the plunge. We need all our talents! †