Teaching assistants, often known as TAs or classroom assistants support teachers with a variety of tasks in the classroom. For many people, a teaching assistant job is a great way to enter the education sector without previous experience or a degree. There is a high demand for teaching assistants across the country with many TA jobs waiting to be filled by the right person. But how do you go about finding classroom assistant jobs and what is the process to become a teaching assistant in a West Midlands school?
First for Education has almost 2 decades of being the Midlandsâ€™ leading teacher recruitment agency and we have helped countless people to become TAs and find the perfect placement. If you have thought about moving into a teaching assistant role but are unsure where to start, read on to learn more about finding TA jobs in the Midlands
How Do I Get a Job as a Teaching Assistant?
The best way to get a teaching assistant job is to sign up with a reputable teaching assistant recruitment agency like First for Education. The first step of registration involves completing the application process before we can source the perfect vacancy for you. The application process is simple and aims at getting the most relevant information from potential candidates so that we can match TAs to the most suitable TA job.
Register To Become A Teaching Assistant
To register with First for Education, youâ€™ll need to enter our registration portal and complete the online form. In order to avoid delays with your application we highly recommend you complete the details in full. The online registration form will need the following information:
- Your full name
- Your full address
- Your email address
- Your most up-to-date CV
When youâ€™ve completed and submitted the application, youâ€™ll receive an email notification confirming the receipt of your registration form. The next stage of the application process is the interview stage.
Teaching Assistant Agency Interviews
The next stage of the recruitment process involves a basic interview to assess suitability, which usually takes place over the phone. Once we have received your contact details, a recruitment consultant from one of our 4 Midland locations will call to conduct the short interview. Youâ€™ll be contacted by a consultant from the Frist for Education office closest to you and our offices are based in Stourbridge, Birmingham, Worcester and Wolverhampton. The consultant will ask you about any teaching assistant qualifications or previous experience you may have. Additionally, during this call, youâ€™ll have the opportunity to state what type of teaching assistant role you would like to accept. So if youâ€™re looking for part-time teaching assistant jobs or perhaps sen teaching assistant jobs, the consultant will take note of your preferences during the interview. When the interview has been completed, the consultant will send you additional forms via an email link. These forms will collect your compliance information and youâ€™ll need the following details to complete the forms correctly:
- 2 references
- An up-to-date Safeguarding certificate
- Details of any relevant qualifications
- A current DBS Certificate
When you have completed the compliance forms, youâ€™ll need to return them to First for Education before moving on to the next stage of the application process.
Teacher Assistant Compliance Checks
The compliance team at First for Education thoroughly check all the received documents to make sure the certificates and references are up-to-date and relevant. To complete the recruitment process, all potential candidates will need to provide a clean and current DBS certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service as well as a current safeguarding certificate (within the last 2 years).
All candidates MUST have a child safeguarding certificate to prove completion of the safeguarding course before they can be cleared for work. The certificate must specify either â€śchild safeguardingâ€ť or â€śchild protectionâ€ť and it must display the date when the course was completed. If you donâ€™t already have a safeguarding certificate, you can complete an online Safeguarding course with First for Education. In all instances, when the certificate expires, you will need to renew the certification by completing a new safeguarding course before you can continue to work with us.
Additionally, two references that cover 3-years will also be needed and you must supply original copies of all the requested documents and certificates. When you have returned all of the compliance documents and we are happy that all the requirements have been met, a recruitment consultant will be assigned to you to begin the process of finding teaching assistant jobs.
Find Teaching Assistant Vacancies with First For Education
When you register with First for Education, the act of finding your first teaching assistant job is easy because we do all of the hard work for you. We have an excellent track record for sourcing appropriate TA jobs and our long history of working closely with local authorities helps us to understand the needs of the schools in our community. Your assigned recruitment consultant will support you throughout your time with First for Education and will ensure you have access to the ongoing training we provide as well as free teaching resources.
Are you ready to begin working as a teaching assistant? To start your journey, all you need to do is sign up now with your full name, location, current CV, and email address and we will begin the process of searching for teaching assistant vacancies thatâ€™ll suit you. To find out more about First for Education and our supporting services, contact our team of professionals who are ready to help.