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What are the entry requirements?

  • To join the course, learners only need the support of their employer and to currently be working as a Teaching Assistant or in a similar role
  • To complete the end point assessment, learners will need to have a GCSE (A*-C or 9-4) in English and Maths, or equivalent. If you don’t have this at the start of the programme it will be completed alongside the course with the support of the tutors
  • If you already have a similar L3 qualification the team will need to work with you to determine whether this course is suitable, however you may still be eligible to undertake the training


What is the registration process?

The registration process is managed and administered by the Waterton team. We can assist you with sourcing the required documentation and will manage the funding on your behalf. There is no administrative burden for the Headteacher or Teaching Assistant.


To register your interest, please complete this online form and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.


Can I undertake an apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes, discuss it with your Headteacher and if they agree to support you in this you can become an apprentice where you now work.


What time of year can I start the course?

You can apply at any time of the year. New cohorts will begin training at various points throughout the year and we will work with you and your employer to determine the best-fit cohort to join.


What is off-the-job training?

Off-the-job training refers to training undertaken during the course of the working week, focused on learning and applying new skills in the workplace. This includes attendance at regular training sessions with the Waterton delivery team, but will also include completing tasks in school, shadowing colleagues and other in-school training. Each apprentice will take a minimum of 20% of their working week as off-the-job time, this time will support the learner to complete course requirements and to gain the new skills and knowledge required. Headteachers and mentors will work with learners to determine a plan which will ensure that time is given to learners whilst also ensuring benefit to the school from this learning.


Where does the apprenticeship module training take place?

Training will be delivered face to face, either in our purpose built training suite in Wakefield or in satellite training facilities within West and South Yorkshire, depending on the geographic base of the cohort.


What does it cost?

For employers who pay into the apprenticeship levy, this course is fully funded (approx £5,000 per apprentice) therefore, there is no direct cost to the school or individual Teaching Assistant. For employers who do not pay into the levy, funding is available please get in touch to discuss this.


How long is the course?

This programme of learning is delivered over 8 half-terms, as standard. For a teaching assistant working less than 27.5 hours per week, the course may be extended to account for this. This will be looked at on an individual basis. The programme duration ensures that minimum requirements are exceeded and that learners have a well-balanced approach to training, with adequate time for learning to become embedded into practice.

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