How to get a teaching assistant job with no experience

Teaching assistant jobs are in high demand. They’re perfect for parents who need a job that fits around school hours and term times. Applying for a job as a teaching assistant with no experience may put you at a disadvantage. Candidates with experience are more likely to make the shortlist for interview. But there are steps you can take to improve your chances of getting a teaching assistant job.

Get some teaching assistant qualifications

Making yourself more qualified for the job will improve your chances of getting shortlisted for an interview. There are teaching assistant qualifications available at level 1, 2, and 3. They’ll help you show that you have the skills and competencies to work as a teaching assistant.

There are also many complementary qualifications that will help improve your CV. Including qualifications in childcare, safeguarding, first aid, mental health awareness, equality and diversity and more.

Are you over the age of 19 and have lived in the EU for the past 3 years? It’s likely that you’re entitled to free teaching assistant courses. Plus, many other courses that will help improve your chances of getting a teaching assistant job.

Get some experience working the children

Experience in a classroom setting working with children is the most relevant and valuable. But there might not be any volunteering opportunities available. Or you may have other commitments that make volunteering at a school a problem.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to get experience that will be a valuable addition to your CV. The two things that the school or nursery will be looking for are:

Experience working with children that are the same age as their pupils
Experience supporting children with specific needs

It doesn’t matter if the experience you have working with children is through paid or voluntary work. Examples include; working as a sports coach, childminding and volunteering for youth groups. Or, working community organisations that engage with young people.

If the experience has helped you develop transferable skills for working in a classroom setting, it’s valuable.

Even having children that are the same age as the pupils you’ll be supporting is valuable experience.

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