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Boost your career and help fight educational inequality

In partnership with Amazon Future Engineer, we’re offering you the opportunity to earn a salary while you train to be a computing teacher on our Training Programme. You’ll also gain valuable experience that will serve you well in the tech and education sectors.
Most importantly, you’ll help ensure that children who face the biggest life challenges can learn crucial computer science skills.
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The UK needs more computing teachers

In 2017, a Royal Society report found that 54% of secondary schools in England didn’t offer GCSE computer science and that this was largely due to a lack of skilled teachers.
Be part of the solution and help us change that.

Our Training Programme

Unlock your talents and help secure the future of the next generation by joining our Training Programme.
You’ll get:
  • A fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE), worth double the credits of a PGCE
  • A salary while you train
  • The chance to help the children who need you most
  • The opportunity to undertake a two-week paid placement at Amazon (exclusive to trainees teaching computing)
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Rachel on teaching computing

Students that say they’re going off now to study computer science because they’ve enjoyed my lessons so much is something that’s massively inspirational.
Rachel Arthur,
Assistant Headteacher
Oldham Academy North

Teach First x Amazon

Amazon Future Engineer is Amazon’s global programme designed to inspire children and young people, from lower-income communities, to try computer science. Over the next two years, the programme aims to reach over a million children in the UK.

Through this partnership, we're offering our computing trainees an exclusive two-week paid summer placement at Amazon. There you’ll gain valuable tech experience to bolster both your career and teaching.

The Amazon Future Engineer programme will also provide additional support during and after your teacher training. This includes linking you up with an Amazon mentor, offering opportunities to attend Amazon insight days (showcasing Amazon careers) and extending exclusive invites to Amazon tech skills sessions, on topics such as building an Alexa Skill and AWS Cloud Computing. 

Teach First’s partnership with Amazon Future Engineer supports students at secondary school level, where we are already seeing increased interest in computer science teaching. The programme will also deliver free robotics workshops for 10,000 primary school pupils and offer apprenticeships and bursaries in the computer science field. Initial feedback from teachers has been incredibly positive and over 80% of robotics workshops to the end of March have been booked, meaning Amazon will welcome thousands of children in to its sites across 2020.

Amazon is also supporting Teach First’s Careers Leader programme. Participants will have the opportunity to take students from their schools to visit Amazon on work insight days.

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Our visit was incredible. It ignited our pupils' interest in STEM and the innovative, hands-on, coding tasks enabled the children to solve problems and develop their logical thinking.
Lucy Hart,
Computing teacher
Caroline Haslett Primary School

Rachel found her calling teaching computer science

Rachel was working in cybersecurity, where she had, “what seemed like a really glamorous lifestyle.” But despite her apparent success, she was looking for a change of direction.
“At first I was wowed, but I missed working with young people and it felt like there was something missing.”
“Lots of my friends saw me as someone who was doing really well and jet setting, and obviously the salary [in cybersecurity] was a big draw… but actually the joy I get from being in a classroom is ten times better than that.”

Rachel on teaching computing

Try teaching and take a step towards our Training Programme on our week-long paid internship for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students.

STEM Internships

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Make a difference every day on the largest teacher training and leadership programme in the UK.

Training Programme

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Learn to teach and lead with our salaried, on-the-job training. Gain highly-rated teaching and leadership qualifications with expert support – and no fees.

Training with us

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