Teacher Apprenticeship – Level 6 Postgraduate

The teacher apprenticeship has been running since 2017.  Its a new employed route to becoming a qualified teacher.  In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough over 40 teachers have trained this way. Teacher apprentices can apply form Primary, Secondary and Special schools. Below are some details about this training route and what the entrance requirements are.

The Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship can be described as:

  • An employment based teacher training route.
  • Apprentices works alongside school staff to build skills, knowledge and behaviours.
  • You will gain qualified teacher status (QTS), at the end as per other routes such as PGCE, School Direct.
  • School employs you as an unqualified teacher (UQT).
  • Teaching timetable will be between 60- 80% of 4 days per week.
  • 1 day per week training with the initial teacher training (ITT) provider off-site.
  • You can expect an in-school mentor, as well as a tutor from the ITT provider who will visit regularly.

To qualify for funding (from the apprenticeship levy) you would need to have:

  • A degree ( at least 300 credits)
  • English/Maths/ (Science – only for primary), at GCSE C grade/level 4 or above (or equivalency).
  • If teaching secondary, degree subject should normally contain 50% content related to the subject you wish to teach. Funded subject knowledge enhancement courses are available in certain subjects if needed.
  • 3 years or above UK/EEA residency
  • A school to employ you for the period of the apprenticeship ( July to August, 12 months).

More details:

  • Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council we have a relationship with the Cambridge Partnership to deliver the teacher apprenticeship.
  • As an apprentice you would be paid at the unqualified teacher rate 1 ( approx. £18,150).
  • You would apply through DfE Apply to apply for a place on the teacher apprenticeship (usually in February to April).
  • Primary, Secondary and Special school candidates can be trained through this *route.
  • The cost of the apprenticeship is covered by the apprenticeship levy ( £9000) and salary is covered by the employing school.
  • The teacher apprenticeship training programme starts in July and finishes in July of the following year.
  • Information about the apprenticeship standard can be found here: www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/teacher-v1-0
*Candidates from special schools may need longer placements.

How do I apply?

Application window February to April:

  1. To apply for the teacher apprenticeship, you will need to meet the criteria listed above and have commitment from a school to employ you whilst you train.
  2. Next you will need a code to apply against from the training provider. Locally this is the Cambridge Partnership.
  3. Applications go through DfE Apply system, using the code for a place on the programme.
  4. You will be interviewed by the provider ( assuming your application is successful).
  5. Then, if successful at interview, you will be offered a place as a teacher apprenticeship. The teacher apprenticeship normally starts in July ( earlier than most other teacher training programmes).

If you have any questions about the teacher apprenticeship route into teaching please contact us at info@www.teachincambs.org.uk  or call 01480 379775/07920 806803 ( term time).

Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship

The teacher apprenticeship forms Year 2 of the Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship. This is a two year programme where you work as a teaching assistant in year 1.  In year 2 you apply to be a teacher apprentice as described above.  This has been particularly popular with existing school staff looking to develop into a qualified teacher.  Take a look to see if this route would suit your training needs.