The reason I ask this very pertinent and controversial question is that if you look at the statistics around 48% of trained teacher do not find employment in education! I've always known that it was a competetive field, but now I've looked into it I find those statistics pretty scary! There's no way that I will allow it to put me off as I know that teaching is the right thing for me and I am willing to wait for that job to come along, but I was thinking will it be such a bad thing if some of the training places are cut? Having worked within a school that has teacher trainees regularly I have seen at least 60 trainees across all subjects in the past 6 years, some of which haven't finished their PGCE course for whatever reason, some of which have got onto a PGCE "because I didn't know what to do with my degree", some that have realised teaching is not for them but have carried on to at least get the qualification they have worked for even though it's highly unlikely they will enter teaching, and those that love it, make great teachers and find it easy to get a job! So my point is; if funding is cut then Unis will have to get even more choosy, some people may interview very well and be totally excellent on paper, but put them in front of a class and they are completely ineffective even after weeks of 'classroom management' training sat in a lecture theatre. Personally I think there is nothing that prepares you for working in the school environment like working in the school environment, either as a TA or Cover Supervisor or something similar, so maybe people should 'trial' it first before they jump in, I think working in a school for a year would either make people more determined or make them realise it's not right for them, a 2 week placement is such a small view of how it really is, yet that is all that is expected by some Unis. Someone in my family is guilty of training as a teacher because they weren't sure what else to do with their degree, and it frustrates me that the place could have gone to someone who was passionate about teaching. Ironically the job they are now training for they could have left school at 18 and walked into.......but hey ho you make decisions in life that are right, and some that are wrong and it takes life experience to learn what you really want. Sorry, I'm now rambling because it's late but I just wondered how other people felt!!