A new campaign is calling on residents to help attract more student teachers to Kalgoorlie-Boulder for training.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry is encouraging residents to volunteer to provide accommodation to students while they complete their practical experience. As part of their teacher-training course, student teachers are posted to schools for varying lengths of time, but must cover their own costs during this period, which can last as long as an entire school term.
This makes it harder for students to leave their home cities and come to regional areas for training, a barrier which the chamber is hoping can be partly overcome by residents offering a room to help reduce student expenses.
KBCCI president David Nicholson said the scheme is part of a push to attract and retain more prospective teachers in the Goldfields Esperance region. “Obviously the idea is to attract more professional people, in this case teachers to Kalgoorlie-Boulder,” Mr Nicholson said.
“One way of achieving that is to assist them with accommodation, which of course, if you’re not a local, can be cost prohibitive.”The chamber believes welcoming student teachers and familiarising them with Goldfields hospitality during their training will provide incentive for them to return once qualified.