I briefly looked at science or maths teaching when I left the mob (Plan B if I couldn't get an engineering job). STEM teachers were in such short supply that many places would take a non-PGCE teacher and put them through the programme.Excuse my ignorance, but is a PGCE an absolute requirement? My daughter was doing a B Ed in primary education, which didn’t require a PGCE.
I think there are still other options, such as postgrad teaching apprenticeships.
Earn a salary while you train to become a teacher – there are a number of opportunities to apply for a salaried course.
Perhaps of relevance to the subthread that spawned the quoted message is the last section:
Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships
A group of experienced schools and teachers have led the design of this postgraduate teacher training course. This programme offers a combination of classroom teaching, practical learning and a salary.
You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and 20% of your time is allocated to off-the-job training as you work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition, you’ll be required to undertake an end-point assessment (EPA) in the final term to ensure you’re on track to be an effective newly qualified teacher.
School Direct (salaried)
Similar to the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship, you'll have the opportunity to earn a salary and train to become a qualified teacher – learning from experienced teachers.
Whichever salaried course you choose, both will help you to develop your skills to become a highly effective qualified teacher. Trainees on salaried programmes are recruited and employed directly by schools, and may continue teaching in their school following training.
Both courses will award a QTS, the cost of which is covered by the school – check with your training provider to find out if this also includes a PGCE and/or Master’s-level credits.
You can find these courses on the Department for Education’s search service for England: Find Postgraduate Teacher Training, by filtering your results for ‘only courses that come with a salary’. You can also search by location, training provider and subject.
You’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. The salary awarded will differ between schools; you should check the salary with the school before you apply for either salaried routes.
If you’re a graduate or career changer with a 2:1 or above, you may also be eligible to join the Teach First training programme.
You’ll develop considerable teaching and leadership skills, while you earn a salary and gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership, which is worth double the master’s credits of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Additionally, you’ll gain a qualified teacher status in your first year and completing your newly qualified teacher placement in year two. Find out more on the Teach First website.
Researchers in Schools, including the Maths and Physics Chairs Programme
If you hold a PhD and have experience of working with young people, you may be eligible for the Researchers in Schools salaried route.
Is might be of interest to others if somebody with actual current knowledge could provide some further insight into the available options for teaching in the UK.