The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) is a nationally recognised, employment-based route into teaching.
TAP is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity for trainees to earn while they learn.
- Programme Length: Full time (53 weeks)
- Next start date: September 2024
- Qualification: QTS + Level 6 PGTA
- Salary: from £20,598 to £25,831
Teaching Apprenticeships are a nationally recognised, work-based route into teaching. In addition to working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end-point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.
The secondary programme focusses on the 11 – 16 or the 14-19 age range and the primary programme takes place across the 3-7 or, 7-11 or 5-11 age ranges.
- Fees: £9,000, payable by the employer school (a school can use its apprenticeship levy to cover fees*)
*e-Qualitas’ team of ITT consultants can advise applicants and employer schools regarding fees, accessing apprenticeship levy and available DfE funding. Contact ITTconsultants@e-Qualitas.co.uk for more information.
- Trainees are employed by a school while they learn in the job. In some cases, this may be a school they’re already working for, or have an existing relationship with.
- If a trainee is already working as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant, QTS offers new opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition, and status.
- Trainees receive a combination of classroom teaching and off-the-job training as they work towards QTS.
The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme’s design has been led by a group of experienced schools and teachers, specifically for apprentices.
Teaching apprentices split their time between school and study – receiving practical, school-led training alongside experienced staff, and spending at least 20% of their time off-timetable to learn the pedagogy of teaching.
Meet our Trainees…
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 required.
For DfE funded places, a school receives a grant to contribute to the salary costs. The school must have DfE permission to recruit for funded salaried places.
A trainee is assessed for QTS within the 12-month apprenticeship programme, at which point QTS is awarded and the teacher moves to the qualified teachers’ pay scale.