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Apprenticeships for Education and Early Years employers

Have you considered how apprenticeships can support training your staff across all areas of your school, pre-school or nursery? Use your apprenticeship levy, or other available funding, to support all areas of your school with Gloucestershire College.

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Apprenticeships for Education and Early Years employers

Who can be an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are not restricted to young people or new recruits. Anyone can be an apprentice at any age and benefit from government funding to gain a professionally recognised qualification. 

Apprenticeships can be for your existing staff members, or you can take on a new member of staff as an apprentice.

Who can be an apprentice?

Training is suitable for many areas of your organisation including:

  • Reception
  • 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.

Apprenticeships that are suitable for the education sector

Schools Business Professional is a new apprenticeship launched in 2024 due to demand. This is a higher apprenticeship and is unique for schools, administering and managing the financial, site and support services within the school context.

Teaching Assistant 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.

Early Years 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 Property Maintenance Operative apprenticeship is available for maintenance staff in your school who plan, select, install, service and maintain all aspects of your school’s building, including basic plumbing, heating, electrics, carpentry, bricklaying and more.  

Our Hospitality and Catering apprenticeships are available for suitable for staff working in your school's kitchen, preparing and serving food.  

All apprenticeship pathways can be viewed here

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Fill out your details below to arrange a call back from one of our Business Consultants, or contact the GC Employer Training & Apprenticeships directly on 0345 155 2020 or employer.training@gloscol.ac.uk

Working with: Dean Close School

Dean Close School has benefited apprenticeship training across a number of departments, including in its nurseries, grounds and estates teams, catering and in the school’s office. Watch the video to hear what they had to say about the benefits of apprenticeships.

Felicity Copp

"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"

Felicity Copp

Development Manager at Dean Close School

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.

Take on new recruits or train your existing staff

Recruit an apprentice

Recruiting apprentices is a cost-effective solution for your school, pre-school or nursery 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.

Recruit an apprentice

Upskill existing staff

Apprenticeships are available for anyone of any age, with training available up to degree level. This presents an opportunity for your to train your staff with a professional qualification and progress in their career.

Use your apprenticeship levy to strengthen your organisation 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 organisation values its workforce, which motivates and engages staff members.

Upskill existing staff