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The Teacher Apprenticeship was launched in September 2018 and gives schools an opportunity to use apprenticeship funding (the apprenticeship levy) for training.  Apprentice teachers will have to meet the same statutory requirements for entry as all other ITT programmes and will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the QTS training year.

Apprentices learn in a school environment supported by highly skilled mentors.  This is enhanced through a weekly comprehensive and evidence-informed, centre-based training programme. All apprentices will have experience across the age ranges and local school contexts.

Being an Apprentice means that you are employed by your placement school and receive a salary (UQ1) whilst working towards gaining QTS. IFT will be offering this route from September 2025 and will be open for applications for both primary and secondary phases from October 2024. The apprenticeship is competitive and subject to school availability. It is often most suitable for a trainee with significant school-based relevant experience.

On successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end-point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate their learning from their QTS programme