Apprenticeships - some facts
 37 apprenticeships have been completed by staff across the Trust since April 2017.

 12 staff are part way through an apprenticeship.

 1 apprentice starts training in September 2019.

Academy Trusts with 250 or more staff in England have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentices. 








Teaching Apprenticeships

Plymouth CAST currently has two employees who are undertaking a Level 6 Teaching Apprenticeship at Plymouth Marjons University. They started their training in June 2019, and will complete their apprenticeship in July 2020 by achieving QTS.


What qualifications does someone need in order to do a Teaching Apprenticeship?

A teaching apprentice either needs to be a graduate, holding an Honours degree or equivalent, or they need to have attained a Level 5 Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship*. In addition, they must have the equivalent of GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.  If a potential teaching apprentice has a Foundation degree**, they will need to do a further year of study (via Open University or an appropriate conversion course) to 'upgrade' their Foundation degree to the equivalent of an Honours degree, or complete a Level 5 Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship.

*The Level 5 Learning and Skills teacher apprenticeship is being run for the first time from September 2019. Further information on this apprenticeship can be found here: Level 5 Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship

**Foundation degrees are not equivalent to Honours degrees. Foundation degrees are at the same level of study, but are equivalent to 2/3 of an Honours degree. They are normally studied as a part-time process while working with an employer who sponsors that Foundation course, and they focus on a particular occupational domain. A Foundation degree can typically be extended to an Honours degree with an additional year or more of study.


How does the Teaching Apprenticeship work in practice? 

If a school has a Teaching Apprenticeship vacancy, the post needs to be advertised, and suitably qualified candidates can apply. Successful teaching apprentice applicants need to be school employees, and so have to be offered an employment contract. Teaching apprenticeships take a year to complete, so an apprentice starting a teaching apprenticeship in July 2019 would need a contract that lasted until at least 31st July 2020. The salary for the teaching apprentices is met by the school, and the training element of the apprenticeship is funded from the Apprenticeship Levy.  Teaching apprentices are paid on the unqualified teacher pay-scale. A teaching apprentice typically spends one day per week at college, and the four remaining days per week teaching at school. This route into teaching is most similar to the Salaried School Direct trainee teacher scheme. 
National Apprenticeship Service publications: 


Links to training providers



Five common myths

Myth: Apprenticeships are only for young people aged 16 to 18.

FACT: Apprenticeships are available to people of all ages; anyone over the age of 16 living in England can apply. There are different entry requirements depending on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level.  If a school takes on an apprentice aged 16 to 18, the school may qualify to receive an additional grant of £1000 from the Government as a 'thank-you'. If a school employs a teaching apprentice the school may qualify to receive an additional grant of £4000 to support the salary cost.


Myth: Apprenticeships cannot be used for existing staff.

FACT: Apprenticeships can be used to up-skill and/or retrain employees of any age, including older workers or existing staff, as long as the apprenticeship is giving them new skills to enable them to achieve competence in their chosen occupation.


Myth: Staff have to work at least 30 hours a week to be eligible to do an apprenticeship.

FACT: It used to be the case that you had to work at least 30 hours a week to do an apprenticeship, but not any longer. The length of an apprenticeship is calculated on the basis of working for 30 hours per week. However, as long as you work 15 hours per week or more, you can still do an apprenticeship, it just takes longer. For example, if your apprenticeship course normally took 12 months for working the equivalent of 30 hours a week, if you worked just 15 hours a week, it would take you 24 months to complete the apprenticeship, because you need to complete the same number of ‘work hours’ over the duration of the course. If you worked 20 hours per week, it would take you 18 months to complete your apprenticeship.


Myth: Apprentices have to do 20% off the job training. Does that mean an apprentice has to attend college one day a week?

FACT: Off-the-job training does not have to involve one day a week spent in college. It can be delivered in a way and place that suits the apprentice and the provider, allowing the apprentice to learn the new knowledge, skills and behaviours required. The style and timing of the learning is very varied. Apprenticeship providers deliver training in a variety of ways, including online learning, using a trainer/assessor to visit your workplace every four to six weeks to deliver training and assessment, day release or half day release to college, or block week release to college during school half-terms in order to minimise disruption on direct time with children in school. An average of 20% of an apprentices’ time per week must be allocated to ‘off the job’ training, but this can be arranged in a variety of ways.


Myth: Apprenticeships are only entry level and for low skilled people.

FACT: Apprenticeships are available from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) right through to Levels 6 and 7 (equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree).