The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme

e-Qualitas is a DfE approved leading provider of Teaching Apprenticeships across England. The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme (TAP), is an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course which allows schools to recruit and train new staff or retrain and upskill current staff in a cost-effective way. 

Trainees achieve QTS within a 12 month period while staying employed and working in a school. The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme is a popular alternative to a University-based PGCE pathway into teaching.

Why are schools choosing to grow their own talent? 

Recruitment Strategy

Teaching Apprenticeships offer schools the ability to have more control over their long-term strategic recruitment and retention plans. 

Staff Retention

It makes sense that if you grow your own talent, they will develop skills and attitudes that align with your school’s values, beliefs, and behaviours and these teachers choose to stay in the school community that they have been immersed in, throughout their training.

Diversity of Talent

When schools partner with e-Qualitas they have access to 1,000’s of potential Teacher Apprentices to employ, trial, and then train, or they can develop talented staff already working in their school. 

Benefits for Schools and Trainees

The programme benefits trainees, as they have a fee-free, salaried route to becoming a teacher and this means highly skilled graduates are more attracted to this route into teaching than a fee-paying, University degree.

How does the 12 month Teaching Apprenticeship programme work? 

Apprentices combine practical on-the-job training, that can be tailored to the specific requirements of each school, as well as off-the-job training and study. 

Our e-Qualitas expert tutors train up school mentors, so they can support trainees on the ground, as well as formal training and coaching Apprentices. This is why our Teaching Apprenticeship programme runs so smoothly. We enjoy a successful 95% course completion rate. 

At least 20% of an Apprentices’ time is taken up with off-the-job training with e-Qualitas. This is a combination of mentoring, coaching, formal training with our expert, e-Qualitas Tutors. Apprentices will also need to experience teaching in a different school for a period of their training period. We have contingency online learning prepared for periods during COVID restrictions.

What are the costs?

Apprenticeship Levy

If you want to put a graduate through a Teaching Apprenticeship programme, you can access your Apprenticeship levy to cover the training fee. If your school contributes to an Apprenticeship levy, you can either use it, by training teachers or you will lose it.

Salary Grant Funding

Schools employ their Teacher Apprentices as unqualified teachers and pay them while they work and complete their 12-month training. 

Salary Grant funding is available from the UK government, and it covers some of the costs of training their teachers. Until September 2021, there is Salary Grant funding available for the vast majority of trainee teachers (primary and secondary), but from September 2021, these grants will be limited to specific shortage areas. For more information click here

Our next Teaching Apprenticeship programme commences in April 2021, so this is the perfect time to sign up your graduates or select from our pool of candidates and access the current Salary Grant Funding available.

Contact us with funding/ fee questions. 

Who is eligible to start a Teaching Apprenticeship?

In order for someone to start a Teaching Apprenticeship they must; 

  • Have the equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics. If they intend to teach primary-aged pupils, they will also need a grade 4 GCSE in a science subject.
  • Have a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Demonstrate fundamental skills in English and maths to an appropriate level. They will be supported to achieve this if need be.
  • They must be employed in a real job in a school.

e-Qualitas offer short Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses (link), that will upskill potential candidates that fall short of the minimum requirements or want to retrain in other subject areas. 

QUICK FACTS
APPRENTICESHIP PERIODFULL-TIME 12-MONTHS. QTS GAINED AFTER IN 3RD TERM AND THEN END POINT ASSESSMENT (EPA) ACHIEVED AFTER BY 12-15 MONTHS.
TEACHING QUALIFICATIONSQUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS.OPTIONAL PGCE
FEES & FUNDINGSCHOOLS USE YOUR APPRENTICESHIP LEVY TO COVER THE TRAINING FEE AND ACCESS AVAILABLE SALARY GRANT FUNDING TO HELP PAY YOUR TRAINEE TEACHER’s SALARY.

How can our school get started? 

Step 1: Contact your local Teaching Apprenticeship Programme Consultant who will confirm if your school is eligible to take part in the TAP programme. We will determine whether you have a trainee in mind or need to select a trainee from our large candidate pool. 

Step 2: Once eligibility has been confirmed,  we will arrange a face-to-face or virtual meeting to walk you through the training programme and the demands on trainee and school including all the training and assessment requirements. We will help schools navigate the process of applying for available funding and accessing their Apprenticeship levy. 

Step 3: Your school will be invited to complete an application through the DfE Apply for teacher training service (September only through Apply for teacher training service – any other time of year is our application form) and If the application is successful then the applicant will be invited to interview, (schools interview them as part of the application – not us)   before being offered a place on the Teaching Apprenticeship programme. We will provide lots of information about the interview process and what to expect.

Step 4: Successful trainees will sign up and get ready to start their apprenticeship when the next course begins. Do you have any questions? Ready to speak to a TAP consultant? Get in touch.