The Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme launched on 5 September 2016. The Scheme will enable up to 120 teachers aged 55 years and over on 31 March 2017 to be released from the teaching profession, at their request, providing job opportunities for up to 120 recently qualified teachers, who have qualified in the years from 2012 up to, and including, 2016.
The Scheme had originally been announced in December 2015 and was intended to launch in Spring 2016; however, this was delayed following concerns in relation to the criteria for the Scheme. At this time, those eligible to apply for the vacant posts created under the terms of the Scheme were teachers who had graduated in 2013 up to, and including, 2016. Having listened to these concerns, on 29 June 2016, the Minister announced his intention to extend the criteria to include teachers who had qualified in 2012.
Recruitment for recently qualified teachers who wish to apply for the posts which become vacant as a result of the Scheme will not be advertised until all applications, from teachers aged 55 years and over who wish to be released from the profession, have been assessed and approved. Therefore these posts will not be advertised until Spring 2017.
Guidance and an application form for those who wish to apply to be released from the teaching profession, under the terms of the Scheme, is available below.
Circular 2016/12 below provides guidelines on the operation of the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme in 2016/17.
The application form below should be downloaded for completion.
Should you have any questions in relation to the Scheme please refer to the document below.
Circular 2016/13 below gives effect in law to a new rate of pay effective from 1 September 2016 for teachers prematurely retired under the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme who are re-employed.
- DE Circular 2016/13 - Rate of Pay for Teachers Prematurely Retired under the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme.
- Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme, 2016/17 (Pilot) - Department of Education Equality and Human Rights Policy Screening
Application for premature retirement