The voluntary bonding scheme (VBS) expansion will continue for the 2019 year, so schools with hard-to-fill vacancies will find it easier to recruit and retain new graduates.
The expansion includes decile 2 and 3 state and state-integrated schools in Auckland, and shortage subjects (the sciences, maths, technology, te reo Māori) nationwide, and Māori medium kura nationwide.
The expanded scheme will pay teachers at the end of their third year of teaching in an eligible school or subject. Payments are made against the teacher's student loan if they have one, or as cash if they don't have a loan.
For more information, see Voluntary Bonding Scheme.