Teacher apprenticeships: what you need to know

Around 1,000 apprentice teachers are expected to enter classrooms next year, but how will their training differ from current provision asks Tes?

The government announced last week how much money schools would receive for taking on teacher apprentices in high-priority subject areas.

The new teacher apprenticeships will give graduates the chance to become qualified teachers while being paid to work in schools.

It is estimated that 1,000 would-be teachers will want to train in this way in the first year – and the number of apprentices is then expected to increase in subsequent years. But some fear that adding another route into the profession will do little to ease the teacher shortage.

The Institute for Apprenticeships has stated that entry requirements will be the same as for current graduate teacher training routes: apprentices must have a degree and pass a skills test.

Since April 2017, all UK employers with a pay bill of more than £3 million have had to pay the apprenticeship levy. This is money that is paid into an account and can then be spent only on apprenticeship training and assessment. The funds expire 24 months after they enter the account.

Some schools will pay the levy, and will only be able to reinvest the funds by taking on apprentices.

One of the concerns about apprenticeships is the level of pay. Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage, but the government has said that all apprentices will be paid as unqualified teachers. The minimum salary for an unqualified teacher this year is £16,626.

Read more about teacher apprentices Teacher apprenticeships: what you need to know

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