Apprenticeships and the School Workforce

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Schools should ideally look to apprenticeships as a means through which to develop new and current staff.  The significant changes which have occurred around the way apprenticeships are structured, delivered and funded means that these programmes are now for people of all ages and can be suitable for those wanting to gain accreditation at Level 2 through to Degree Level.

Details of how apprenticeships can apply to staff in schools is now set out in a national document – ‘A Guide to Apprenticeships for the School Workforce’ (June 18)  

Typical examples of where apprenticeships may prove useful for staff development are set out in the document and include:  

  • A new postgraduate teaching apprenticeship (level 6)
  • School business professional apprenticeships
  • A teaching assistant apprenticeship (level 3)   

This is clearly not an exhaustive list and apprenticeships can apply to teaching, support and ancillary staff.  Apprenticeships are now available in hundreds of occupational areas.

Many schools will now be paying the Apprenticeship Levy and will be looking at how this can usefully sponsor recruitment and workforce development.  Whilst the new document referred to above provides some useful information in this respect further support can be sought from Council staff, who can advise and help with the arranging and delivery of apprenticeships.

For information and support on apprenticeships contact the Council’s City Learning team on 0191 2773506 or email