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Get answers to your questions about what it's like to work as a Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) Cadet, the application process and the selection process.

If I am successful in obtaining a GTIL Cadetship, when will I start work in a school?
What school do GTIL Cadets work at?
What are the conditions and hours of work for GTIL Cadets?
How much do first year GTIL Cadets get paid?
Are GTIL Cadets entitled to recreation/annual and sick leave?
What happens when a Cadet completes the first year of their GTIL Cadetship?
What type of work should GTIL Cadets expect to be doing in the second, third and fourth years of their Cadetship?
What are the days and hours of work for second, third and fourth year GTIL Cadets?
How much do GTIL Cadets get paid during the second, third and fourth years of their Cadetship?
Who is eligible to apply?
How do I know if the university studies I wish to complete will allow me to be employed as a teacher in NSW public schools?
How do I apply?
What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?
Why do I have to include a recommendation from my Principal with my application?
How do I upload certified copies of my supporting documentation?
When should I submit my application?
Will late applications be accepted?
How can I be sure my application has been submitted?
Can I apply for a scholarship in addition to a cadetship?
What does the selection process involve?
Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?
How many GTIL Cadetships are available?
If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?
If I accept an offer of a Cadetship, what will my commitment be to the department?
When are GTIL Cadets appointed to their permanent position?
Do GTIL Cadets who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive the same benefits and/or incentives that are available to the other teachers in that location?
Where can I find out more?



If I am successful in obtaining a GTIL Cadetship, when will I start work in a school?

GTIL Cadets will commence part-time work as an operational paraprofessional at a school in Term 2 of the first year of their teacher education studies.

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What school do GTIL Cadets work at?

GTIL Cadets work in a NSW public school that is within a reasonable travel distance of the university they are attending or their residential address.

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What are the conditions and hours of work for GTIL Cadets?

GTIL cadets are employed under the Education (School Administrative and Support Staff) Act 1987 as Operational Paraprofessionals working as Classroom Teacher Support Officers. Note: Operational Paraprofessionals are not employed under the same conditions as teachers.

In the first year of their GTIL Cadetship, Cadets are required to work the equivalent of up to two full days per week, which is 14 hours per week. The 14 hours can be completed as either full days (7 hours per day excluding a lunch break) or half-days (3.5 hours per day), or a combination of both. If a Cadet works full days, their work day may, for example, commence at 8.30 am and conclude at 4.00 pm, with a 30 minute lunch break in the middle of the day.

They may be asked to complete tasks either at school or at home, as negotiated with their supervisor.

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How much do first year GTIL Cadets get paid?

The annual salary of a full time Classroom Teacher Support Officer is $51,184 (as at 1 Jan 2017). In the first year of their GTIL Cadetship, Cadets are paid as a Classroom Teacher Support Officer pro rata, commensurate with their part-time status.

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Are GTIL Cadets entitled to recreation/annual and sick leave?

Full time paraprofessionals accrue recreation leave at a rate of 20 days per year (25 days for paraprofessionals in central and western divisions). GTIL Cadets accrue recreation leave commensurate with their part-time status.

GTIL Cadets also accrue sick leave commensurate with their part-time status.

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What happens when a Cadet completes the first year of their GTIL Cadetship?

Pending successful completion of the first year of their teacher education studies and satisfactory performance as a GTIL Cadet (as assessed by their principal or delegate), Cadets will become employed under the Teaching Services Act 1980 as an Educational Paraprofessional. This means that on commencement of the second school year of their Cadetship, they will work under the same conditions and hours of work as a teacher, with paid leave during school holidays in accordance with their part-time status. They will also continue to have access to sick leave, accrued pro rata, with the balance carried forward from their first year as a GTIL Cadet.

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What type of work should GTIL Cadets expect to be doing in the second, third and fourth years of their Cadetship?

Second, third and fourth year Cadets will, as Educational Paraprofessionals, work with individual students or small groups of students to support individualised learning plans under the supervision of a teacher. They will also support the teacher to develop curriculum and assessment materials, and assist the teacher to implement teaching and learning strategies. They will not have any direct supervision of students or any responsibility for classroom management.

As an educational paraprofessional, Cadets may, on the days that they are working at their school, be asked to participate in after school activities such as staff meetings, professional learning activities and parent teacher meetings.

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What are the days and hours of work for second, third and fourth year GTIL Cadets?

As GTIL Cadets will progress to educational paraprofessionals in the second, third, fourth and possibly fifth years of their Cadetship, they will continue to work part-time, two days per week during each school term. In the final year of their GTIL Cadetship, Cadets may work up to 2.5 days per week during each school term.

To ensure that their work at their school aligns with their teacher education studies, Cadets will be able to negotiate their GTIL Cadetship days with their supervisor.

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How much do GTIL Cadets get paid during the second, third and fourth years of their Cadetship?

The annual salary of a full time educational paraprofessional undertaking teacher education studies is $62,228 (as at 1 January 2017). In the second, third, fourth and possibly fifth years of their GTIL Cadetship, Cadets are paid as educational professionals pro rata, commensurate with their part-time status.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Only HSC students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a GTIL Cadetship. If you're not a HSC student, you may be eligible to apply for a Teacher Education Scholarship, Teacher Education Scholarship - Aboriginal, GTIL Internship or Incentive Scholarship.

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How do I know if the university studies I wish to complete will allow me to be employed as a teacher in NSW public schools?

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for accrediting initial teacher education programs in NSW. Refer to the NESA website to make sure that the program you wish to study has been accredited.

If you intend on studying a teacher education program in another state, you will also need to make sure that your program is recognised as an appropriate initial teacher education program by NESA.

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How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. During the application period an "Apply now" button will be available on the GTIL Cadetship webpage. Outside the application period, you will be able to sign up to an alert to receive an email notification when applications open.

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What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?

You will be required to complete and submit the documents listed below as part of your application for the GTIL Cadetship. To submit the documents, log into your application through jobs.nsw and upload the documents prior to the closing date.

You will also need to upload proof of identity (PDF 45 KB).

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Why do I have to include a recommendation from my Principal with my application?

A Principal's recommendation is an important part of a GTIL Cadetship application. If you are planning on applying for a GTIL Cadetship, ask your Principal for a recommendation well before the application deadline, so they have time to write the recommendation.

Principal recommendations provide the GTIL Cadetship selection panel with information that isn't found elsewhere in an application, including insight into an applicant's personal attributes and leadership qualities.

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How do I upload certified copies of my supporting documentation?
  1. Photocopy the original document
  2. Show the original document and the photocopy to a certifier*. The certifier will compare the original document with the photocopied document. The certifier will stamp or write "I certify that this is a true copy of the original document" on the photocopied version. They will sign and date the statement and add their occupation.
  3. Scan the certified document (not the original document)
  4. Upload the document when you complete the online application form.

* A certifier is a Justice of the Peace (JP), solicitor or Department of Education employee. To find a JP, visit the australia.gov.au website and select your state. If you're a HSC student at a NSW public school, you may ask a teacher or administrative staff member to certify your documents.

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When should I submit my application?

We encourage applicants to submit their applications as early as possible during the application period.

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Will late applications be accepted?

No. The deadline for accepting online applications is 11.59 pm on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

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When should I submit my application?

No. The deadline for accepting online applications is 11.59 pm on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

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How can I be sure my application has been submitted?

The online application system will not allow you to submit your application until all the required fields have been completed. Once you click on the submit button, a confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email address you provided during the application process. Please keep a copy of that email for your records. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

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Can I apply for a scholarship in addition to a cadetship?

In addition to applying for a GTIL Cadetship, you may also be eligible to apply for a Teacher Education Scholarship, Teacher Education Scholarship - Aboriginal or teach.Rural Scholarship. Note: you can only receive one scholarship in addition to a GTIL Cadetship.

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What does the selection process involve?

Applicants are assessed based on their academic achievement, principal's recommendation, prospective teaching subject(s) and the locations they nominated as areas where they'd like to teach.

GTIL Cadetship offers are dependent on the applicant:

  1. being accepted into/enrolled in teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university that will lead to a qualification that meets the Department's and NESA's academic requirements for employment as a secondary or special education (K - 12) teacher.
  2. satisfying the conditions of a Working With Children Check, which is a prerequisite for anyone undertaking child-related work. The check involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.
  3. entering into a Deed of Agreement (PDF 116 KB), a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the cadetship applicant and the department. The agreement also states the duration of the scholarship and the service commitment areas that were selected by the applicant during the application process.

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Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the department's Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

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How many GTIL Cadetships are available?

Up to 30 GTIL Cadetships are available to students completing the HSC in 2017 in NSW or ACT secondary school or TAFE NSW institute.

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If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?

If you would like feedback on your application, contact the Department's Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

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If I accept an offer of a Cadetship, what will my commitment be to the department?

Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement (PDF 116 KB) with the department, committing them to:

  • accepting an appointment as an operational paraprofessional (on a part time basis) to a NSW public school while they complete their teacher education studies
  • successfully completing teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university that will lead to a qualification that meets the Department's and NESA's academic requirements for employment as a secondary or special education (K-12) teacher.
  • accepting an appointment as a permanent full time teacher to a NSW public school in an agreed location on completion of their studies
  • remaining in the permanent full time teaching position they are appointed to on completion of their studies for a minimum period of three years.

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When are GTIL Cadets appointed to their permanent position?

On successful completion of their teacher education studies, GTIL Cadets are appointed to a full time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in an agreed location. A Cadet may initially be appointed to a NSW public school temporarily as 'above establishment' until a suitable substantive vacancy arises.

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Do GTIL Cadets who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive the same benefits and/or incentives that are available to the other teachers in that location?

Yes, on completion of their teacher education studies and appointment to their permanent position, GTIL Cadets may be eligible for a wide range of incentives and benefits. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the teach.NSW benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools

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Where can I find out more?

If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 301 435.

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