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Apprenticeships for school staff

Apprenticeships for school staff

What are apprenticeships? 

Apprenticeships are 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. 

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.

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 degree


For school staff, new apprenticeship standards have already been developed for:

The LACA website also has factsheets on the production chef apprenticeship and the senior production chef apprenticeship.

Apprentices have the same rights as other employees and are entitled to be paid at least the apprentice rate of the national minimum wage. However, that rate is very low – just £3.90 an hour from 1 April 2019. UNISON wants an end to discriminatory rates and for the national minimum wage to be set at a ‘living wage’ level.

You can find more advice from UNISON about apprenticeships here.

You can find more information on apprenticeships from the government here

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