This exciting new route into teaching will give graduates a chance to become a qualified Teacher and be paid to work in a school!
The entry requirements will be the same as current graduate Teacher routes so they will need to complete a skills test and have a degree. There could be a possibility of a Teacher apprenticeship for undergraduates which is currently being developed. This means that students can study for their degree but get a hands on experience working in a school.
The best part of this new route into teaching is that all tuition is paid for and like apprentices, get paid while they train!
Why is it good to take on an apprentice?
Since the apprenticeship levy has been introduced, some employers and schools have been paying into the account which is only being spent on apprenticeship training and assessment. Schools can only reinvest their funds by taking on apprentices.
There are already apprenticeships for Teaching Assistants and Facilities Managers so having an apprentice Teacher will help schools spend more of their apprenticeship money.
The School Direct Salaried route
The School Direct Salaried (SDS) route is very similar to an apprenticeship in teaching but the SDS route is aimed at people who would like a career change – not new graduates. The Government has also stated that apprenticeships in teaching will be running parallel with the School Direct Salaried route in 2018.
Apprentices will work four terms at the school compared to three from the normal university route. This will give apprentices an extra bit of experience and a chance to gain some extra skills.
Apprentice Teachers will also have to pass a lesson observation and an interview in the first term of working at the school to gain their qualification.
The only similarity is that apprentices will have to gain their Qualified Teacher Status after three terms. This is also needed by graduate Teacher training routes.
How will they get paid?
Apprentice Teachers will be paid a minimum salary of £16,626 – which is the same as an unqualified Teacher.
Any employer who pay into the apprenticeship levy will be able to use up to £9,000 to cover training costs. Schools may be able to apply for grants to also help cover the cost of having an apprentice. This will depend on the course and the location of the school.
It is expected that 1,000 new apprentice Teachers will use this new route. But we will discover if this will take the pressure off the shortage of Teachers in high-priority subject areas next year.