The NSW Department of Education is expanding the Grow Your Own Program to include a new localised employment-based teacher training pathway, the Grow Your Own - Local Teacher Pipeline. This pathway will support community members in four high-demand locations to kick-start their teaching career.

Program participants will gain valuable early experience in the classroom, working in local NSW public secondary schools as educational paraprofessionals whilst completing their teaching qualification. Upon successful completion of studies, participants will be offered a permanent teaching position within a NSW public school in an agreed location.

The program will be piloted in the following locations:

  • Dubbo and surrounds
  • Queanbeyan
  • Western and South-Western Sydney
  • the Murray region

Based on prior qualifications and experience, three entry pathways are available:

Undergraduate Pathway

Participants will be supported to undertake an undergraduate bachelor's degree followed by an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) degree.

Postgraduate Pathway

Participants with a recognised undergraduate bachelor's degree in a specified subect area will be supported to undertake a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Industry Experience Pathway

Academics and industry professionals with a recognised undergraduate degree in a high-demand subject area and at least three years of industry experience in the last 10 years will be supported to undertake an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) degree.

Ongoing support
  • training allowance of up to $30,000
  • $30,000 retention incentive for Industry Experience Pathway recipients only
  • wrap around study support provided by the university
  • study a combined bachelor's and master's degree or master's degree at Charles Sturt University or Western Sydney University
  • flexible delivery with online study available
  • bridging courses available to boost foundational skills
Employment whilst studying
  • employment as an educational paraprofessional in a NSW public secondary school, one day per week
  • opportunity to build professional connections and gain hands on experience
Guaranteed employment
  • receive a permanent position in a NSW public secondary school upon successful completion of studies

University information

For more information about the university courses please see below:

Charles Sturt University
Western Sydney University

Get in touch

Review the frequently asked questions for more information on eligibility and program details.

If you have any further questions, please contact the program team via

Online information session

To learn more about the Grow Your Own - Local Teacher Pipeline Program, view the information session recording below hosted by the NSW Department of Education and university partners.

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