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TAP is delivered by our teacher training company e-Qualitas.

e-Qualitas is a DfE approved, leading provider of Teaching Apprenticeships across England.

The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme (TAP), is an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course which allows schools to recruit and train new staff or retrain and upskill current staff in a cost-effective way.

Trainees achieve QTS and complete the Teaching Apprenticeship around the 12-month mark while staying employed and working in a school. The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme is a popular alternative to a University-based PGCE pathway into teaching.

Schools are enjoying generous salary grant funding and the ability to utilise their Apprenticeship Levy Funding to grow and retain their own talent.

FAQs about the Teaching Apprenticeship programme:

HOW LONG DOES THE ITT PROGRAMME RUN FOR?

The Teaching Apprenticeship route runs parallel to School Direct (salaried). However, it lasts 12 months. The ITT training programme and QTS assessment are the same for both routes.

WHO PAYS FOR THE ITT COURSE?

The ITT provider’s costs are paid for out of the levy (£9,000). If a school’s levy account has too little, the government covers 95% of the shortfall. The school pays the remaining 5%.

WHO DELIVERS THE TEACHING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME?

DfE approved provider, e-Qualitas delivers our Teaching Apprenticeship Programme and provides flexible start dates throughout the academic year to suit all school hiring cycles. e-Qualitas as a leading ITT provider is on the RoATP and is, therefore, able to deliver the Teaching Apprenticeship Programme route.

HOW MUCH “OFF THE JOB” TRAINING IS REQUIRED DURING THE APPRENTICESHIP?

A school will employ an apprentice for at least 12 months. He or she must have at least 20% ‘off the job training for activities such as independent study, in-school training, attending courses and training days, focused visits to other schools.

WHO PAYS THE SALARY OF THE TRAINEE?

For DfE funded places, a school receives a grant to contribute to the salary costs. Click here for further information. The school must have DfE permission to recruit to funded salaried places. In 2020, new hire trainees also attract a £3,000 additional grant.

WHEN WILL THE APPRENTICE BE AWARDED QTS?

The trainee is assessed for QTS within the 12-month apprenticeship programme, at which point QTS is awarded and the teacher moves to the qualified teachers’ pay scale.

How can our school get started?

Who is eligible to start a Teaching Apprenticeship?

For someone to start a Teaching Apprenticeship they must;

•  Have the equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics. If they intend to teach primary-aged pupils, they will also need a grade 4 GCSE in a science subject.

•  Have a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider or a recognised equivalent qualification.

•  Demonstrate fundamental skills in English and maths to an appropriate level. They will be supported to achieve this if need be.

•  They must be employed in a real job in a school.

e-Qualitas offer short Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses, that will upskill potential candidates that fall short of the minimum requirements or want to retrain in other subject areas.

QUICK FACTS  
APPRENTICESHIP PERIOD FULL-TIME 12-MONTHS.QTS GAINED IN THE 3RD TERM AND THEN END-POINT ASSESSMENT (EPA) ACHIEVED BY 12-15 MONTHS.
TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS.OPTIONAL PGCE
FEES & FUNDING SCHOOLS USE YOUR APPRENTICESHIP LEVY TO COVER THE TRAINING FEE AND ACCESS AVAILABLE SALARY GRANT FUNDING TO HELP PAY YOUR TRAINEE TEACHER’s SALARY.

If your school is considering this route:

•  Read the DfE advice here

•  Read the information on funding here 

•  If your school is maintained, find out what procurement process will be required by the Local Authority.

•  If your school’s Ofsted grade is 3 or above, we can discuss the opportunities that are available to train with us.

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