What is TAP?

 It’s the Teaching Apprenticeship Programme. A 12 month ITT course provided by e-Qualitas.

Who are e-Qualitas?

A large SCITT working with schools of all kinds across the country. We have subject specialist visiting tutors for all subjects of the secondary curriculum and well as for primary.

What qualifies a school to be able to do TAP? – see TAP General info sheet

Our Governors are pushing us to look at apprenticeships.  Why?

When apprenticeships were launched, public sector bodies with 250 or more staff in England have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starts over the period of 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021.  Alongside this, any Levy funds you don’t use will expire 24 months after they enter your Apprenticeship account. Any money not spent within 24 months will be removed from your account and put into the general Apprenticeship fund.

We have a current member of staff interested in teacher training, could they join the Teaching apprenticeship programme?

Absolutely, in fact, 90% of all our trainees are in situ.  We will help to check that your employee fits the ITT criteria and you to go through the process.  Your trainee will have the best chance of success because they already know the school, culture, policies, etc and you know exactly the commitment you will receive from your trainee.

What is the difference between the TAP and Schools direct?

They are very similar.  The main differences are that the apprenticeship must last for 12 months and also you can access the apprenticeship levy to fund the full training costs.  This money will be lost if you do not use it.

How much does TAP cost the school?

The fees for the teaching apprenticeship are £9000 and come from the apprenticeship levy. The school is responsible for the Salary of the candidate but is able to access the DFE Salary grant to cover a large proportion of this depending on the subject/setting.

Can I access TAP if the school don’t pay into the Levy?

Almost every school will pay into the levy – this may be through their own trust/ MAT or through the LA. If paid through the LA we ask that the school contact the LA to gain permission to access the levy. If you do not pay into the levy or there is not enough to cover the training costs, you will be able to apply for co-funding which will cover 95% of the total cost.

Are e-Qualitas on, or do you need to be on the PSL list for the LA?

We don’t have to be unless specified by the LA – if specified we can work with the LA to join the list.

Who recruits the tutors?

e-Qualitas – our training provider recruit, reference and train our tutors

Who recruits the candidates?

We encourage schools/trusts to firstly look at any current employees they have as to whether they would be suitable for the TAP, as they are already known to the schools. Should schools ask us to recruit for specific TAP placements we will do this free of charge.

What is e-Track?

It is a well-established Learning management system for apprentices, used to track and report learning – everyone involved has access to this – candidate/ mentor/tutor – to ensure the course is being followed correctly and the trainee is on track.

What is MAYTAS?

It is the administration system used for the Individual learning records held for all our trainees.

What is the EFSA?

The Education and Skills Funding Agency brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people, and adults.

What is the digital account service (DAS) and how do we access it?

If a school/ trust doesn’t already have access to the DAS account we will work with the schools to get this all set up.

How do I access the Salary Grant Funding?

An application is made to the DfE via a lead school.  If you are not already attached to a lead school, we can put you in touch with one of ours who will help you access this funding.

Who is the Salary grant paid to – the school or the candidate?

The salary grant is paid to the lead school.  You will set up an agreement with the lead school and will receive the funding on a monthly basis for the duration your apprentice is in post.

What salary does the school have to pay the candidate?

The candidate must be paid on the unqualified teacher scale:

How does the ‘free recruitment service’ work?

Due to the fact that we have hundreds of applicants apply for the Apprenticeship through our website, we offer these to schools to employ as apprentices.

Do you offer training in any subject/phase?

Yes, as long as there is adequate school support in place, we will ensure that we have a suitably qualified SLE to undertake the professional tutor role.

Do you arrange the second placement for the candidate?

We ask the school to arrange the second placement as we have found through experience that they have good links with schools in the local area.

What happens if the candidate is not meeting the requirements of the course, do I then lose the levy and grant money?

As with any trainee, support is in place from both the school and e-Qualitas to ensure that every apprentice is successful.  However, if in unfortunate circumstances there is cause for concern and after intervention, the trainee does not improve, then the trainee would withdraw from the course and all funding would cease.

Also, what happens if a long term illness occurs during the TAP period?

The trainee may apply to us for a deferral (12 months maximum) in accordance with DfE rules for trainees on a Qualified Teacher Status programme.

Do we have an obligation to offer the trainee a role at the end of the apprenticeship?

No.  After the end-point assessment is completed, there is no obligation from the school or the trainee to continue.  However, our research shows that there is an 82% retention rate for trainees on the teaching apprenticeship programme, much higher than other routes into teaching.  This offers schools a long-term recruitment solution.

What other training route does eQ provide?

–          Assessment Only

–          School Direct

 If a trainee needs a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course, can e-Qualitas help?

Yes, e-Qualitas offer SKE’s in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English