Getting Into Teaching
Interested in teaching? We have a range of Teaching and Learning apprenticeships at Level 3 (equivalent to two A-Levels) which can be the starting point for getting into the teaching sector. The following apprenticeships are available to you, to begin your teaching journey.
- Learning & Development Practitioner (18-24 months, Level 3)
This role is based on identifying learning or training needs then either designing or sourcing the necessary solution to support them. This role can exist within a wide range of organisations however, this is not limited to educational institutions – the key responsibility being to contribute to and influence improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level.
Whilst this role might not be what you expected as a starting point to education, a career in Learning & Development diversifies your skills and experience, whilst playing an essential role in the organisation.
- Learning Mentor (12 months, Level 3)
A Learning Mentor will support the development of learners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours, specifically by applying theoretical learning in practical work environments – either on a one-to-one or small group basis. These learners could be of any age or level such as apprentices, trainees and/or new recruits in the workplace or any vocational learning environment.
This role allows you to encourage and empower a learner’s personal development whilst identifying and correcting gaps in skills or knowledge. From this sector, there are many opportunities to advance your career and increase your opportunities as well as developing transferable skills such as time management and networking.
- Teaching Assistant (18 months, Level 3)
For those looking to get into teaching in Primary and Secondary education, this role is an excellent starting point, working across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The key responsibilities here include supporting the class teacher and ensuring pupils understand the work set and make progress.
In this role, you’re able to support pupils separately whilst having the opportunity to gain teaching experience and work with classes as a whole.
Options for progressing to higher qualifications:
- Assessor Coach (15 months, Level 4)
This could be an option for those with or without a Level 3 Assessing qualification, but is an opportunity to progress from any of the above teaching apprenticeships. In this role, responsibilities include coaching and assessing apprentices, trainees or new recruits in the workplace, usually on a one-to-one basis and in a range of learning environments.
- Learning & Skills Teacher (24 months, Level 5)
A Learning & Skills Teacher is a higher role, as progression from any teaching background, responsible for teaching young people and adults within all parts of the Education and Training sector; this can include:
– Work based / independent training provision
– Further, adult and higher education
– Voluntary sector
To support this, the Level 4 Education and Training qualification allows trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts, expanding the knowledge they’ve already developed and providing opportunities to teach in different environments.