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Staffing Schools Easier Following WOW Bankruptcy, Says Administrator

“We really expect it to be easier to staff schools during the next academic year based on this changed state of affairs in tourism,” Helgi Grímsson, department head of Education and Youth at the City of Reykjavík, told Vísir. The bankruptcy of WOW air has left over 1,200 individuals without work, both former employees of the airline and employees of related businesses. Some of them are educated teachers who were lured away from schools by the booming tourism industry.

Iceland Review has already reported on laid-off WOW air flight attendants returning to jobs in nursing. Helgi says many professional  primary and preschool educators have also been working in tourism, a trend that he expects will reverse in the near future. “One now assumes that some of them are thinking of coming back to work in preschools and in primary schools and we are examining the issue and keeping an eye on it.”

“It’s just always like that, when one door closes, another opens. When construction cranes and tourists increased, there was a lot of staff leaving us for other jobs. Or that people who were entering the labour market looked rather at tourism than schools.”

Helgi says administrators are looking at ways to make it easier for former teachers to return to the classroom, by for example building up continuing education courses that will help educators get up to speed.

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