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35 March 2017 | Professionally Speaking T R A N S I T I O N T O T E A C H I N G BY FRANK MCINTYRE T he College's 2016 survey of new teachers holds much promise for the early graduating classes from Ontario's Enhanced Teacher Education Program. Despite a transitional one-time spike in newly licensed teachers in 2015, the 2016 Transition to Teaching survey shows the trend of improved first-year full employment may have paused, but it did not change track. Job prospects for education candidates now in the new program appear more promising than entrants to teaching faced in years past. For the fourth year in a row, our annual poll of recently licensed teachers shows more newly licensed education graduates in Ontario found as much work as they wanted in their first-year — up from 42 per cent in 2015 to 47 per cent in 2016, and almost double the meagre 24 per cent reporting full employment back in 2013. Unemployment edged up in 2016 among new teachers while reports of first-year underemployment fell. The re- sultant small gain in teachers saying they are fully employed continues the multi- year job market recovery. This occurred despite a year-over-year increase of more than 2,400 newly licensed teachers. Ontario education graduates of earlier years also report stronger employment status in 2016. Back in 2013, at the height of Ontario's teacher surplus, more than half of new Ontario teachers took four years to achieve what they considered full employment. Now that happens by the end of the first year of licensing. Less than one in 10 Ontario teachers in 2016 say they are unemployed in their third, fourth and fifth years in the profession. First-year teachers graduating from French-language programs at Laurentian and Ottawa universities continue to report single-digit unemployment. While many more French-language qualification licenses were issued in 2015 than in the previous year, unemployment for these new Ontario teachers still came in at just FIRST-YEAR FULL EMPLOYMENT INCREASED FROM: 34 % 42 % 47 % 2014 2015 2016 ONTARIO TEACHER UNEMPLOYMENT BY LANGUAGE OF QUALIFICATIONS 2014 2015 2016 FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 2014 2015 2016 FRENCH-LANGUAGE PROGRAM ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TEACHERS 2014 2015 2016 11% 18% 40% 3% 4% 31% 5% 9% 34% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR NEW ENGLISH- LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN ONTARIO IN THREE JOB PROSPECTS HOLD STEADY FOR FUTURE OCTs

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