Childcare/Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship
Starting Salary: £12,000 - £17,000 (once qualified)
Qualification: NVQ
Length: Approx 1 Year
Type: Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Overview

This Apprenticeship is about providing support in the classroom. After all, teachers aren’t the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools. Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons.

They work with teachers, carry out duties like lesson preparation, and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class. Some learning support staff specialise in areas like music or special needs.

As an Apprentice, you’ll work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons and handle day-to-day classroom activities – however, you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings, or reading to the class.

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. You could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You will work alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, as well as with individuals or with groups of students. It’s a good stepping-stone to a foundation degree or Higher Level Teaching Assistant training.

Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship – 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (one in English or Maths) or equivalent.

Advanced Apprenticeship – 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (one in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.

These requirements are subject to change and may also differ to meet the needs of the employer. As well as a College interview, progression onto an Apprenticeship is subject to an employer interview.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get the required grades, we can work with you to find a suitable route on to your Apprenticeship.

Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Care Worker / Assistant
  • Early Years Worker / Assistant
  • Assistant Youth Support and Community Worker
  • Assistant Playworker
  • Play Centre Assistant

Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Teaching / Classroom / Learning Support Assistant
  • Behaviour Support Assistant / Coordinator
  • Pastoral / Welfare Support Assistant
  • Bilingual Support Assistant
  • Team Leader
  • Nursery Worker / Supervisor
  • Nursery Nurse / Nursery Teaching Assistant
  • Senior Playworker

 

Framework/Units
  • NVQ
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificate
Assessment

Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Other information

A Childcare and Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship can open doors to a fantastic career! You could continue with your studies, undertaking degree level study at university after an Advanced Apprenticeship, including Teaching. You could also decide to study for a number of professional qualifications in your industry in order for you to progress within your career.

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