New apprenticeships for school staff

09 May 2017

What are apprenticeships? 

Apprenticeships are full-time paid jobs which incorporate on and off the job training. A successful apprentice will receive a nationally recognised qualification on the completion of their contract. Apprentices have the same rights as other employees and are entitled to be paid at least the apprentice rate of the national minimum wage. Find out more about the UNISON view on apprenticeships here.

There are two different types of apprenticeship schemes: frameworks and standards. Apprenticeship frameworks are currently being phased out and replaced by the newer apprenticeship standards. 

Apprenticeships are already available in many job roles within schools, including teaching assistants, business administration, management, science and ICT technicians. However, these will be gradually replaced with the new apprenticeship standards. Currently in development is a new apprenticeship standard for teaching assistants and school business managers. You can find more information on apprenticeships from the government available here

Apprenticeships are available at different levels:

Name Level Equivalent educational grade
Intermediate   2 5 GCSE passes at grades A*-C
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher  4,5,6,7   Foundation degree and above
Degree 6,7 Bachelor's or Master's degee

A UNISON briefing on apprenticeships for schools is available here.