An American teacher “desperate” to help fill classroom vacancies in Moray says she has been blocked from getting a job in the region because the council will not back her application for a visa.
Jessica Funk is qualified to teach music in secondary schools and is registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. However, despite neighbouring Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Highland councils all sponsoring visas for employees willing to relocate from abroad, Moray does not.
The decision has left Miss Funk in limbo as she is unable to get permission to work in the UK without the offer of a job, but is unable to get a job without a visa.
She said: “It’s a shame Moray Council is unable to sponsor highly-qualified teachers from overseas to help their teacher shortage.”
In order to register as a visa sponsorship organisation, the council would have to pay a £1,476 licence fee. A council spokeswoman said: “While we’re not currently sponsoring visas for any profession, we already offer a range of generous incentives to encourage people to move to Moray, such as a £5,400 relocation package.”