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How To Get a Teaching Assistant Job With No Experience

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Right now, teaching assistant jobs are in high demand. They’re perfect for parents who need a job that fits around school hours and term times, as well as anyone looking to gain experience working in schools.
Applying for a job as a teaching assistant with no experience may put you at a disadvantage, since candidates with experience are more likely to make the shortlist for an interview, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances of getting a teaching assistant job.

Get some teaching assistant qualifications

To improve your chances of getting shortlisted for an interview, make yourself more qualified for the job. There are teaching assistant qualifications available at levels 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.

Get some experience working with 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 teaching assistant CV. The two things that a 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, i.e. special educational 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. Make sure to bring up any transferable skills you’ve gained from other work or volunteer experience. 

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

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