GRADUATE ESL Teacher Programme

Join our Graduate Scheme to start your English Teaching career and Chinese adventure!

Keyword Education Elite-graduate Programme (KEEP) is a '1+1' year programme which is designed for talented and adventurous graduates who would like to take the unusual but highly rewarding challenge to kick-off their career as a practising teacher in China.


We genuinely believe that spending a year or two teaching in challenging circumstances will prepare you for anything whichever the career path you are heading to, and our programme will provide you with the skills, experience and opportunities needed to become inspiring teachers and leaders in the classroom and beyond.


The advantages of our programme include: 

  • Supported transition from university to the workplace

  • Gain an insight into China’s business and social culture

  • A mentor to talk through any problems

  • A buddy to help you to settle in

  • The chance to rotate through different teaching centres or cities and gain experience of different functions

  • Sponsorship for a professional qualification

  • Periodical performance review, and reward as you grow 


We will help to obtain legal working visa, provide free accommodation and many more rewards and benefits.


Our programme has three intakes per year, Spring/February, Summer/June and Autumn/October. The exact starting day may vary subject to Visa application/flight booking. Each intake has very limited spaces and the visa application process will generally take 3-4 months (after your degree certificate is obtained).


Current opening intakes:      2020 Spring.






Not available for the opening intakes? Not a problem, simply register your detail and we will contact you in the first place once your desired intakes ready for enrollment.





  • Basic monthly salary starting at 13,500 RMB before tax.

  • Any extra teaching hour will be paid at 75RMB/ACH (ACH=academic hour)

* 1 ACH = 40 minutes clock-face time

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  • Sponsored legal Z work visa and sponsored TEFL course

  • First year flight/visa application allowance of up to 10,000 RMB (upon contract completion)

  • 'Help Buy' scheme for first outbound flight ticket;  Airport pick-up upon arrival.

  • 3,000 RMB Sign up bonus after probation

  • First 3 month accommodation free, and then living allowance provided for the rest of the year;

  • Insurance provided, yearly health check-up.

  • Free Mandarin Classes.

  • Organised company events and trips

  • Fully Supported from our London office to company headquarters and local teaching centres in China.

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  • TEFL training and pre-departure online training

  • 10-day intensive induction training in Headquarter in Shenzhen, China

  • One-to-one mentoring throughout the programme

  • Clear career development path with three career directions:

    • Managerial (teacher training & mentoring)​

    • Academic (textbook development & curriculum design)

    • Marketing (PR and digital marketing)

  • Fast track to senior ESL teacher position​

  • Career development review meetings twice a year

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  • Native English speakers from UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada

  • Year 3 undergraduate students and postgraduate students/graduates within 2 years in any discipline

  • Be willing to take the 120hrs TEFL course.

  • Energetic and enjoy working with children

  • Friendly, patient and responsible, with good communication skills