Being unemployed is awful. Apart from no money - or just JSA - you feel worthless, depressed. You also want to be in a school playing your part with the pupils. So any job in a school is better than none, and HLTA is pretty good. Which is where the problem is. . . . There are so many unemployed teachers that most schools are getting large numbers of qualified teachers applying for TA and HLTA posts . . . so the competition is almost as fierce as for a teaching post. Go for it - but don't think that it will be a walk-over just because you have got a PGCE. You will probably find that other applicants not only have that, but some have experience as teachers too. So apply carefully and prepare well for an interview if you are shortlisted - use the clickables inside the Welcome thread to help you. Best of luck _____________________________________________________________ TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service. I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.