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Local Authorities, Schools and Academies struggle to meet the government’s apprenticeship hiring target

3 December 2019 (by admin)

Just 7 percent of schools, trusts and large academies manage to meet apprenticeship hiring target.

New figures have revealed that only seven percent of academy trusts and large academies have met the new apprenticeship recruitment target, which was introduced in March 2018.

In the 2018/2019 financial year, schools and academies managed to score an average of 0.9 percent; the figures follow warnings from school leaders that the lack of apprenticeship routes available for teaching staff will make it harder for the sector to cope with the target.

This year, £300 million was returned to the Treasury from the DfE’s budget after money paid into the levy went unspent.

We are delighted to announce that Community First Academy Tryst offer schools and academies primary (3-7 and 5-11) and secondary (11-16) Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships as the trust is registered as both Apprenticeship Provider and End Point Assessment (EPA) Organisation.

Eligible schools and academies can now use their Apprenticeship Levy to train existing employees, including unqualified teachers or teaching assistants, to gain qualified teacher status.

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships

Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are a new, nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching that offers an excellent alternative to a traditional full-time university course, providing a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while you learn.

All Postgraduate Teaching Apprentices, will be employed by a school while learning on the job, this could be a school they are already working at, or have an existing relationship with.

The centre-based training will be based in Wigan and during the apprenticeship programme, the apprentice will successfully complete our well-established Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme, leading to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (typically at the end of term three), followed by an End Point Assessment (typically at the beginning of term four.)

The weekly centre-based training will be based in Wigan or for groups of 5 or more, training sessions could take place in bespoke training rooms at a school within other neighbouring local authority geographic area

Notably this route supports schools, academies and school trusts with succession planning and continuous development plans that benefit local education and most importantly children.

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