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Joining the British Council as a teacher offers flexible opportunities to teach English to young people and adults around the world.
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Our teaching centres and online courses build cultural links between the UK and 38 countries around the world, as well as supporting the cultural relations programmes in arts and sciences delivered by the British Council.
Role Purpose :
There is strong demand for English language learning in Vietnam, being driven by the country’s economic growth, increasing internationalisation and a government vision for the future which is predicated on significantly improving levels of English language proficiency.
As standards evolve, certifications like IELTS are also becoming essential for access to national and international study opportunities and qualifications and the wider employment market.
The British Council’s teaching presence currently counts three locations in Ho Chi Minh City and two in Hanoi, but three new centres are slated for opening in summer 2020 as part of an ambitious project to very significantly expand our presence over the coming years to respond to market demand and opportunity.
This is creating opportunities for employment in ELT in a country which is a dynamic, diverse and exciting place to live and work.
The teaching activity has a national management structure, with a Director of English Language Services (DELS) supported by Heads of Adult and Young Learner products, Operations and other Business Support teams, 14 Academic and Academic Operations Managers and a similar number of Coordinators.
Teachers are usually assigned to work in one teaching location, although sometimes work in more than one location is required Teaching young learners (aged 5 to 17) represents over 70% of the activity nationally.
The British Council currently delivers courses to around 4,500 young learners and 1,700 adults at any one time. This is expected to grow substantially in the coming months and years, and the new centres will be dedicated mainly to young learner teaching.
New recruits will be joining a diverse international team of over 100 English teaching professionals supported by an extensive academic management team.
The focus on professional development and effective teaching is strong, with a well-developed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, involving both in-service training and support to pursue externally delivered qualification courses.
The opportunity to develop professionally within a supportive, experienced and diverse team is one of the strongest attractions for teachers, combined with the opportunity to experience life and work in a fast-developing country with a rich cultural heritage and international ambitions.
Responsibilities & Main Duties
Minimum / Essentials
At least 1 year post-qualification experience (600 hours) covering at least two of the following age-groups
Salary & Benefits :
Salary - VND 34,922,500 to VND 38,357,500 gross per month, on the Part-Time Teacher salary scale. The salary quoted is the minimum base salary for 50 hours of teaching per month.
Hours taught above this are paid additionally at the applicable hourly rate.
New recruits are placed on the scale according to qualifications and experience. Teachers who are currently working for the British Council elsewhere will have their current scale point considered when being placed on the scale.
Tax - The progressive tax rate established under Vietnamese law is applicable to foreign employees working in Vietnam if they work for 183 days or more in either a calendar year or a period of 12 consecutive months from the date of arrival in Vietnam.
A fixed rate of 20% is applicable to foreign employees working in Vietnam if they work for fewer than 183 days in either a calendar year or a period of 12 consecutive months from the date of arrival in Vietnam.
Annual Leave / Holidays
12 working days per annum plus Vietnamese public holidays (currently 11 days per year) and the employee’s national day and New Year’s Day if they are not coincident with Vietnamese public holidays.
Teachers’ leave dates are usually defined by the Academic Calendar, with longer breaks typically at Tet (Lunar New Year), and in the summer.
Sick leave is unpaid but Part-time employees are entitled to claim benefits under the Vietnamese state social security system, including claims relating to absence from work due to sick leave
Job Opportunities for Partners
There are opportunities for employment, although they may be limited by Vietnamese language proficiency. Several accompanying partners have been able to find work in a range of sectors.
A work permit would need to be sought from the employer as the visa provided by the British Council does not permit work.
Schooling and Childcare
International schooling in Vietnam is prohibitively expensive and school fees are not covered by the salary package for teachers.
Affordable childcare for young children is available in the form of part-time or full-time nannies
Additional Information :
Start Date - 17th October 2022
Duration - 24 months
Contract Hours - 50 teaching hours / month
Passport requirements / Right to work in country
Applicants must be potentially eligible to work in Vietnam and must hold a passport which has at least two blank pages and at least 6 months’ remaining validity.
For work permit to be processed, notarized and legalized first degree, teaching certificates as well as a DBS (UK) and / or police check from previous country are required.
Nationals of certain countries may be required to take an IELTS test and achieve an overall score of at least 7.0 in order to meet the requirements for a work permit.
All staff have to undergo a medical examination, with certification FIT FOR WORK’ status, prior to or on arrival for the purposes of obtaining a work permit.
The British Council cannot guarantee that work permit applications for people over 60 will be accepted. Although no maximum age for expatriate workers is specified, the authorities do, on occasion, refuse to issue work permits for applicants over 60 years old.
To facilitate processing of your work permit, you will need to send the completed application form and documents to us right after you accept our job offer.
The following notarised and legalised documents are required to obtain your work permit :
The following constraints related to working in Vietnam should be noted :
Teachers may be required to work in one or more centres in the city they are based in, but scheduling policy is to restrict teaching to one location only on any given day.
Schedules are subject to change periodically, but advance notice is given.
Should operational needs require, teacher may be asked to carry out teaching-related non-teaching tasks in lieu of teaching (e.
g. developing teaching materials, administrative tasks etc.) as part of their scheduled hours.
Closing Date Thursday, 18th August 2022 23.59 (India Standard Time)
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