HALTON'S over-30s are playing their part in a growing exodus of people leaving their occupations to pursue a career in teaching.
Figures released by the Training and Development Agency (TDA) for schools show that, over five years, the number of over-30s qualifying as teach-ers in the region has risen by 46%.
Now the agency is urging prospective Halton teachers to apply for up to 6,000 places available for the 2007-8 academic year.
Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA, said: 'There are more than 3,000 schools in the North West, which means there are fantastic opportunities for new teachers.
'Career changers say they are attracted to teaching because of the unique combination of working with young people and the opportunities to use their degree knowledge and to be creative in bringing lessons to life.
'Very few jobs can offer such an exciting mix, alongside genuine career prospects. There are also competitive starting salaries - teachers in the region start on up to £20,133 and this can rise fast.'
For further information, visit www.teach.gov.uk/tttevents