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Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised training programme for combining real work with learning and training, both on and off the job. Apprenticeships are available to anyone from the age of 16, subject to minimum entry requirements. An apprenticeship framework is based around vocational qualifications which have been developed and approved by people working within the industry or sector. They are designed to measure practical skills and job knowledge by assessing work on the job.

What do apprenticeships consist of?

Apprenticeships are programmes made up of a number of component parts. The Specifications for Apprenticeships Standards in England (SASE) require that they should include:

  • a knowledge and a competency based element
  • functional Skills
  • personal learning and thinking skills
  • employment Rights and Responsibilities

Who develops apprenticeships?

The sector skills council or sector body with responsibility for the relevant occupational sector develops the framework for the apprenticeship in consultation with experts and practitioners from the sector.

The TDA manages the apprenticeship frameworks for supporting teaching and learning in schools. For more information visit our STL apprenticeship page.

You can also find out more about the other apprenticeships that are suitable for school support staff from the Employing apprentices in the School and Childrens' Workforce factsheet produced by the National Apprenticeship Service (PDF, 961KB).

The NAS has end to end responsibility for Apprenticeships in England. The NAS was created to increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities and provide a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. This includes an online web-based matching service.

To search for, or register apprenticeship vacancies visit the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website.



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