Apprenticeships for school staff

Apprenticeships for school staff

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. 

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. All starts from 1 August 2020 will be on new, employer-designed standards.

For school staff, new apprenticeship standards have already been developed for teaching assistants (level 3), school business managers (level 4) and teachers (level 6). 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


Find an apprenticeship

A UNISON briefing on apprenticeships for schools is available here.