Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship

The Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship is a two-year programme that offers a route to obtaining Qualified Teacher Status. It was created by 2015 by Teachincambs, a county council sponsored collaborative recruitment group.

Who is it for?

It was designed to run alongside other initial teacher training (ITT) routes to provide schools with a career path for people with the potential to be a teacher who would benefit from a more gradual approach and a paid route.

This works particularly well for those working in schools as Teaching Assistants (TA’s) or volunteers and want to develop themselves into a teacher. Applications are welcome for both primary and secondary candidates.

The structure is outlined below:

Year one – this is a pre- initial teacher training (ITT) year. Interns will work as a TA in the first two terms, with some teaching or small group teaching in the third term. Training is provided throughout the year that revolves around the practicalities of working in a school and develops important skills, such as questioning and planning. Each intern has a mentor within their own school, with whom they will meet on a regular basis.

Year two – interns will complete their ITT through the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship.

Example timetable of the programme:

  • Application window October to February – apply via Teachincambs
  • Interviews – April
  • Placing interns in schools – April to July
  • Interns start at school September 2020
  • Apply for apprenticeship following April 2021, via UCAS for Year 2
  • QTS granted June 2021, End point assessment June 2021.

Main benefits for interns:

  • A chance to build up your skills and experience gradually; getting you ready for teacher training.
  • Get a salary during both training years.
  • Build a solid relationship with your school.
  • Training costs are covered by the apprenticeship levy for year 2.

Main benefits for schools:

  • An additional way to acquire qualified teachers alongside their usual routes.
  • A chance to grow their own staff.
  • The chance to future-proof staffing issues, in a difficult recruitment climate.
  • CPD and mentoring opportunities for existing staff, which could help retain them.
  • Utilise the apprenticeship levy money (£9000 per apprentice).
  • Costs – £450 for training and programme management. Salary – at least national living wage ( approx. £10,000)
  • Costs -£9000 for training. Paid for by the apprenticeship levy. Salary Unqualified Teacher rate 1.

What our current interns think….

“I would recommend this approach to teacher training, especially for someone who is coming to teaching from another profession.”
“It is so reassuring to be based in a school that will support you. “
“My school is as invested in my training as I am.”
“It’s paid! I simply could not have afforded to pay £9k for a PGCE and not be earning.”

How to apply

To apply for the Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher internship, please read all of the documents below. You will find a guidance document which explains how to apply, as well as the application form which must be completed fully and returned to before the deadline. We strongly recommend that you read through the Job Profile and Person Specification before applying.  The application window is now closed for September 2020 starters.

*Please note that recommendation to the internship programme DOES NOT guarantee you a placement for September 2020. Placements are dependent on participating schools. If you would like to find your own placement, please get in touch.


Guidance Notes – How to apply

CPTI Job Role & Person Specification 2019 v2


How the Cambridgeshire Teacher Internship Programme works v2


Contact us

For more information please contact us using the details below:

Cambridgeshire Paid Internship Manager

Phone:01480 379 775 or 07920 806 803