Who can be an apprentice?
Apprenticeships are not restricted to young people or new recruits. Anyone can be an apprentice at any age and gain a formal, professionally recognised qualification whilst benefitting from government funding to support their apprenticeship training. Apprenticeships can be for staff already employed in your school, or you can take on a new member of staff as an apprentice.
Apprenticeships are available for many staff within schools, across many areas including:
- Teaching Assistants
- Office staff
- Business Manager
- Staff who manage other teachers and staff
- HR/personnel support staff
- HR Manager
- IT support staff
- Maintenance staff
- Catering staff
Apprenticeships that are suitable for the education sector
Customer Service and Business Administration apprenticeships are suitable for staff members working in your school’s reception and offices, to develop key skills in these support functions including communication, organisation and good customer service.
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is an apprenticeship designed for learning support staff working as a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant working in Key Stage 1 and above.
Childcare apprenticeships are ideal for teaching assistants and educators working in Early Years Foundation Stage; reception classes, pre-schools and nurseries.
The Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Managers (CMI), is suitable for any staff who manage other teachers and members of staff. This apprenticeship allows managers to develop their skills and gain a professional qualification from the CMI.
The Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship, also accredited by the CMI, is suitable for your school’s Business Manager; they will achieve a professionally accredited qualification, and on completion may apply to become a Chartered Manager.
The HR Support apprenticeship is suitable for HR and personnel support staff, delivering front line support to managers and other employees. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), apprentices will achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Human Resource Practice.
The IT Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship is suitable for your school’s IT support staff, designed to provide you with qualified Infrastructure technicians who can help internal and external customers to be productive in their own jobs.
Our Plumbing and Heating apprenticeship is available for maintenance staff in your school who plan, select, install, service and maintain all aspects of your school’s plumbing and heating systems.
Our Hospitality and Catering apprenticeships are available for suitable for staff working in your school's kitchen, preparing and serving food.
We think it’s important to invest in training and developing staff… the apprentices we have are young, motivated, and bring fresh ideas and positive attitudes to the organisation. I think Connie (Business Administration apprentice) has got really involved in her time at Dean Close… she has really committed to working here and developing her skills
Take on new recruits or train your existing staff
Apprenticeships are not restricted to young people or new recruits; you can take on an apprentice or upskills an existing staff member with an apprenticeship.
Recruit an apprentice
Recruiting apprentices is a cost-effective solution for your school to attract talented people and ‘grow your own’ future workforce. Our free recruitment service will attract high calibre candidates that are the right match for your school; we will pre-screen candidates and provide you with a shortlist to make the final decision.
Upskill existing staff
Apprenticeships are available for anyone of any age, with training available up to degree level. This presents an opportunity for your school to train your staff with a professional qualification and progress in their career. Use your apprenticeship levy to strengthen your school across all departments and upskill your staff members. Investing in your existing staff boosts staff loyalty and retention; you are helping them progress their career with new qualifications, demonstrating that your school values its workforce, which motivates and engages staff members.
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