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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Working in the education sector can be incredibly rewarding. You could go on to help support the educational development of children and young people within a range of settings, such as primary and secondary schools. Working in this sector will require a patient nature and a passion for teaching.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

How much will I earn?

With an apprenticeship you will earn while you learn. You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. As of 1st October 2016, this is £3.40 an hour for 16 to 18 year olds. This is also the same for apprentices over the age of 19 but in their first year of their apprenticeship.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those currently employed in this sector or looking to secure employment within this sector as a Teaching Assistant, working under the direction of a teacher, contributing to lesson plans and learning activities. You may also work with individuals who require extra learning support.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Contributing to lesson plans and classroom activities
  • Helping to improve team practice in schools
  • Supporting children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Providing displays in schools
  • Providing support for therapy sessions

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (CACHE)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 1 Functional Skills Maths (NCFE)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills English (NCFE)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills ICT (NCFE)

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • The ability to follow instructions but also use your own initiative
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to develop good relationships with the team, children, parents and other professionals
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Punctual
  • A willingness to develop your skills and knowledge

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs.

If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years.

The average duration of this apprenticeship is 15 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work-related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship ensures that apprentices gain the skills and knowledge required to become an effective member of a highly skilled workforce, contributing to the development of the education sector and increasing the quality of teaching staff throughout the UK.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Ref: Caroline Lidster