Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship

The *Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship is a two-year programme. It offers an employment based route to obtaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It was created in 2015 by Teachincambs, which is a Cambridgeshire County Council sponsored collaborative recruitment group.

*The programme operates in Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough.

Who is it for?

If you want to train as a qualified teacher over a longer period and receive a salary during that time, this is the route for you. We are particularly interested to hear from existing Teaching Assistants or school volunteers who are working in a school willing to support their application. Applications are welcome from primary, secondary and special school candidates.

Programme structure and timeline:

Year one

This is a pre- initial teacher training (pre-ITT) year. Interns will work as a Teaching Assistant, gradually increasing their experience of whole class and small group teaching as the year progresses. Interns attend a training session every fortnight delivered by Advisers at the County Council and other experts. The training sessions focus on introducing interns to key themes such as reflective practice, behaviour management, phonics, curriculum areas such as English/literacy, Maths and PSHE, planning and assessment. Each intern has a mentor within their own school, with whom they will meet on a regular basis.

Year two

Teacher Interns will complete their ITT through the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship and gain their QTS at the end of this year. This part of the programme is delivered by a local ITT provider and will involve working as an Unqualified Teacher with some timetabled teaching, supervision from a mentor in school, as well as one day of training per week.

Example timetable of the recruitment process and programme:

  • Application window November 2020 to February 2021.
  • Interviews – January –March 2021
  • Placing interns in schools – April to July 2021.
  • Interns start year 1 in September 2021
  • Apply for year 2 Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship in April 2022, via UCAS.
  • Year 2 Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship starts July 2022
  • QTS granted June 2023
  • End point assessment June 2023

Main benefits to you as a teacher intern:

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

Main benefits for schools:

  • An additional way to acquire qualified teachers alongside your usual routes.
  • A chance to grow your 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 (up to £9250 per apprentice).


  • Year 1 – £600 for fortnightly training term time sessions, observation visits, monitoring between the school and county council, apprenticeship recruitment process facilitation and programme management. Paid by the employing school/Trust. Salary – at least national living wage ( approx. £10,500)
  • Year 2– Up to £9250 for training. Paid for by the apprenticeship levy. Salary Unqualified Teacher rate 1 (July to June). Main Pay Scale from July onwards (assuming QTS is granted).

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.  This will be used as the basis of shortlisting.

CPTI Job Role & Person Specification 2021_23

CPTI Application Form 2021_23 v1

Recruitment Window:

Recruitment window opens: November 2nd 2020

Recruitment window closing date: February 28th  2021

Interview Schedule:

Interviews will be conducted between January and March.

*Please note that if you are successful at interview for the paid Teacher Internship programme this DOES NOT guarantee you a placement for September 2021. Placements are dependent on participating schools.

Contact us:

For more information please contact us using the details below:

Cambridgeshire Paid Internship Manager

Phone:01480 379 775 or 07920 806 803