Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes are a nationally recognised, on-the-job entrance point into the teaching profession. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university degree, offering a postgraduate-level certificate, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to work while studying.
Can you do an apprenticeship in teaching?
- Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are available in England for prospective primary and secondary school teachers.
- A school will employ you while you study on the job. In some instances, this may be a school where you already work or have a relationship.
- Because Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are new, there are just a few opportunities right now. Keep an eye out for each training provider’s unique approach for when they will open their doors.
- If you are currently working as an untrained teacher or teaching assistant, it opens you new opportunities for professional development and improved earning capacity, recognition, and reputation.
- As you work toward Qualified Teacher Status, you will get a combination of classroom and on-the-job training (QTS).
- Check with your training provider to discover whether the apprenticeship offers PGCE and master’s level credits. If this is a possibility, there may be an extra fee for completing the PGCE.
Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, you will be employed directly by the school. Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes:
- Paid work is combined with on-the-job and off-the-job training in Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships. The curriculum was created specifically for apprentices by a group of experienced institutions and teachers.
- Apprentices will spend time at both school and university. You will get hands-on, school-led training from experienced teachers, and you will spend at least 20% of your spare time studying teaching techniques.
- Following the summer, apprentices will complete an end-point assessment (EPA) to consolidate learning from basic teacher training and work towards QTS upon completing the course.