|Issue No 85||23 February 2001|
Teachers Fed Gives Free Membership to Students
By John Dixon
The Federation has targeted student teacher recruitment in 2001 as a priority for the union and is offering free membership to potential members.
"While the Federation has had student membership for over 50 years through the Trainee Teachers association student membership has declined since the end of teachers scholarships." John Dixon Membership Officer said, " However we plan to recruit and organise the next generation of teachers via the Internet. The students will receive all correspondence like newsletters and union journal via the net."
"In addition the we are recording when the student graduates and is likely to start teaching so we can send them appropriate material to upgrade their membership to full time or part time membership."
The Federation has produced a new section of for its web site - "Future Teachers" which contains a 'Prac. Teaching guide' and the 'Graduate Survival Kit'. In addition student teachers can join 'online' and have student membership fees waived while they are a student teacher undertaking a teacher qualification.
"With 13,000 students undertaking undergraduate teacher qualifications it's an investment for the union in the future"
Recently at 'O week' at Sydney University the Federation staffed a stall and provided student teachers with a student member 'welcoming pack' as they joined. The pack included :-
� a public education t-shirt,
� a coffee mug from the Teachers Health Society,
� a 'future teachers' pack from the Teachers Credit union including the ever popular 'slinky',
� pens and information from Members Equity home loans and
� information from the Federation such as salary rates and union's achievements over the last decade.
The response to the Federation's presence on campus was very popular and new links with student organisations were forged. The Federation signed up over 200 new student members in two days and is now beginning to receive online applications for student membership.
The stall was staffed by A number of Federation officers over two days with assistance from the NSW Teachers Credit Union, NSWTF Health Society, Members Equity home loans.
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