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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is for anyone who is 16 years or over, and is a qualification or standard up to master’s degree level. It is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme. Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and the wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practice new skills in a real work environment.
An apprentice may be recruited externally, be a current member of staff looking to develop their knowledge and skills for their current role, or to develop their potential for career progression.          

Why choose an apprentice?

The traditional apprenticeship role has changed.  It is now recognised as a developmental tool for all staff to take advantage of, there are many reasons to choose an apprenticeship, for example to:    

  •  Retain and up-skill existing staff 
  •  Help you to grow your own talent
  •  Develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce 
  •  Provide training that is tailored to your school’s requirements
  •  Reduce recruitment costs and staff turnover
  •  Provide opportunities for a career in education
  •  Be of benefit to the community by developing local skills 


Where can I find more information?

The presentation below has live links to a variety of information. Once you have taken a look, if you find you have any questions you can contact the WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist Team.  

School Apprenticeship Process Updated Presentation

I have decided to recruit an apprentice. What do I do next?

Once you have a vacancy you would like to recruit to, or an existing member of staff who would like to enrol on an apprenticeship programme, you can find an apprenticeship to meet your requirements by looking on the Institute for Apprenticeships website, you can contact training providers to find a provider who best meets the needs of your school and your future apprentice. You will find that some apprenticeships are delivered as day release to college, some are block release and others are on-line programmes with a tutor meeting the apprentice at the workplace and many are a combination of both. Some training providers will also offer a discount, recruitment support and additional qualifications as part of the total price of the apprenticeship.
Once you have chosen your training provider, it would be useful to begin to complete the apprenticeship checklist below. It has helpful links and gives information to check eligibility for levy funding. Please also contact the WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist Team so that levy funding is allocated to your apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Checklist

I would like to gain a qualification through an apprenticeship. What do I need to do?

Firstly, gain the support of your line manager. An apprenticeship requires you to use 20% of your paid weekly hours for off the job training. However, this does not necessarily mean that you will not be at your work place for that time. The off the job training can include any new tasks or responsibilities you take on where you are learning new knowledge or skills relevant to the apprenticeship programme, for example, work shadowing an experienced colleague, carrying out an unfamiliar task and then reviewing how it went, researching information, writing it up and on-line tuition and webinars.

Usually, your pay and conditions do not change whilst you are on an apprenticeship although you may need some additional tasks and responsibilities to fulfill the learning requirements. The training provider can help you and your manager to identify if this is needed.

I have recruited an apprentice. What next?

The apprenticeship checklist above needs to be fully completed and sent to the WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist Team so that payments to the training provider can be set up. The apprentice, your school and the training provider will sign an agreement which is valid from the first day of employment to comply with funding rules. Your school will also sign a contract with the training provider.

The HR Apprenticeship Specialist Team will send you a WBC Apprenticeship Agreement which will need to be signed by the apprentice and their line manager and returned to apprenticeships@wokingham.gov.uk

You and your apprentice will be asked for feedback on the training provider so that their performance can be monitored. If any changes occur or the apprentice leaves, please inform the WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist Team and the training provider immediately.

Information will be posted on the schools’ hub to help schools to keep up to date with new guidance and apprenticeships being developed.


WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist Team apprenticeships@wokingham.gov.uk 07808143615

National Apprenticeship Helpline helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk  
08000 150 600

Institute for Apprenticeships - https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/

Useful information
A Guide to apprenticeships for the school workforce
A – Z of common apprenticeships - this details the apprenticeships currently being delivered in local authorities and schools and those in-development.  
Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships and Pay for Schools 2019
Guide to Apprenticeships
WBC Apprenticeship Policy
LGA Schools Apprenticeship Toolkit 

WBC Apprenticeship Agreement
WBC School Apprenticeship Checklist

WBC School Bursars Briefing Presentation - February 2020
WBC Headteachers Briefing Presentation - February 2020 
WBC Chairs Briefing Presentation - February 2020

 Upcoming School Apprenticeship Events 

***School Apprenticeship Provider Event***

This has been postponed until November 2020 - date to be confirmed.