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Apprenticeships in schools

Take on an apprentice and your school will benefit...

The apprenticeship team is committed to advising your school of the best available options if you were to employ an apprentice. Schools can play an important role in reducing the number of people at risk of unemployment through providing opportunities to young people, especially school leavers or those returning to work.

To enquire about apprenticeships in schools please contact: KCCapprenticeships@kent.gov.uk.

Apprenticeship Levy
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The Apprenticeship Levy came into effect on 1 April 2017. We have produced a flowchart (PDF, 206.8 KB) and some guidance (PDF, 290.6 KB) to help schools to determine whether or not they are affected by the new Apprenticeship Levy.

The facts about apprenticeships
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What are Apprenticeships?

They are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications, as well as key skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

What are they for?

You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. They could be for staff working in Teaching Assistant roles or in other support roles such as IT, catering or administration.

Who runs them?

Apprenticeship frameworks are designed by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), while the National Apprenticeship Service helps fund the training and provides an expert support service across England.

You benefit, we support

Taking on a talented young apprentice means you are helping to grow the workforce for the future. You are developing the skills of local people, helping you fill a skills gap and recruiting ambitious young staff.

Benefits to your school

Bringing younger people to join your workforce can bring many benefits to your school. These include:

  • the commitment, enthusiasm and ambition of those on a formal Apprenticeship programme
  • flexibility in the workforce, and value for money for schools in employing apprentices
  • that Apprenticeships are particularly useful in developing formal structures and career paths for support staff
  • that Apprenticeships are an easy way of meeting specific skills needs within a school
  • the ability of young apprentices in a variety of roles to engage with pupils.

Where would an apprentice fit into your school?

There are a range of apprenticeships that can be offered within your school.

You could employ an apprentice:

  • as a Teaching Assistant
  • as a Classroom Assistant
  • as a Learning Support Assistant
  • as a Behaviour Support Assistant/Coordinator
  • as a Pastoral/Welfare Support Assistant
  • as a Bilingual Support Assistant
  • as an ICT or science  technician
  • as premises staff
  • to support your grounds maintenance staff.