More than $130 million to fight education workforce shortage – Vingt55

“The labor shortage strikes everywhere and the world of education is no exception. Sometimes we need to think outside the box, see things differently, or rethink the way we act. This is exactly what we have been doing for several months now. I am proud of the results of our actions that have been initiated and are in progress. We are taking important steps so that students and parents can enjoy the coming school year with peace of mind. The necessary amounts are available and we are already seeing the positive impact of these measures. It goes without saying that it will take time to resolve the shortfall. Until then, we need to be agile and do everything we can to prevent it from negatively impacting our students. Education is an essential service and we must be able to count on competent and qualified staff. We are continuously working on it. The Strategy to promote school staff testifies to it. † – Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education

Significant salary increases for teachers under the current administration: 18% at entry into the profession (from $44,985 to $52,954) and 13% increase at the highest level (from $80,572 to $92,027).

Maximize certain part-time teacher contracts or grant part-time replacement contracts up to 100% for a total investment of $20.5 million per school year.

Maintaining the financial incentive for retired teachers from the education network who want to return to teach, representing an investment of $13.3 million in 2022-2023. Note that more than 700 of them applied in 2021-2022.

Investment of $5.8 million for the year 2022-2023, ie $22.6 million in five years’ time, to improve the training offer for nurseries.

Launch of the School Staff Promotion Strategy 2022-2026, accompanied by an investment of almost $140 million, whose $32 million in 2022-2023, and roll out 16 actions to provide a rewarding, mobilizing and caring work environment for all school staff, including:

Implementing a pilot classroom aid project in 100 elementary schools ($21.3 million);

Supporting local actions to promote school personnel ($43.6 million).

Facilitate the training and integration of future teachers

Addition of three new qualifying master’s degrees, resulting in approximately 800 additional teachers per year. These new programs allow baccalaureate holders in fields related to school programs to enter the teaching profession by completing their training on the job.

Addition of numerous scholarships to student grants to support students in education: Perspective Québec Scholarships, Excellence Scholarships for Future Teachers, Perseverance Scholarships for Students Enrolled in the Qualifying Master’s Degree in Education, Scholarships for Doctoral Students in Education Sciences, and Scholarships to Support the perseverance and the success of trainees. An amount of $15.8 million will mainly be invested in 2022-2023.

Investment of $5 million in 2021-2022 for the deployment of the mentoring program for beginning teachers. A support measure for the mentoring program for school organizations is also being worked on for 2022-2023.

Improved supervision of trainees in teacher education, ie an investment of 3.6 millions of dollars in 2022-2023, an action resulting from the Strategy to promote school staff

Promote the recognition of skills acquired abroad and adequately support the network in the recruitment of teaching staff

Diversifying pathways to the teaching profession

Add new initiatives to promote and accelerate the recognition of past learning experiences

Continue to recruit internationally trained candidates (ongoing)

Guidance and support for employers and partner organizations;

Collaboration with the Ministry of Immigration, Francis and Integration to accelerate the recognition of the achievements and skills of teachers trained abroad.

Provide efficient, reliable and safe school transport

an investment of $31.2 million for the year 2022-2023 is all about attracting and retaining drivers. It is estimated that more than 13,000 drivers will benefit from an increased annual bonus.

Make a difference in the short term

The various resources that have been deployed and the money invested in recent months are already yielding positive results. In addition, the advertising campaign Teach our youth, build the future!, which has been underway since the beginning of the month, has been a real success, with nearly 3,000 applications so far. This digital campaign, which will be broadcast on the radio and which will end on June 23, aims to convince retired teachers to return to employment and to convince high school students who have studied a subject taught in school to give the network a lend a helping hand.

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