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Teaching Apprenticeship (closed for 2024)

Get paid to train to teach…no fees to pay and earn while you learn.

There has never been a better time to consider this route into teaching! We are excited to introduce our Level 6 Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programme, which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Our Teaching Apprenticeship programme is a paid work-based route into teaching. This route provides a holistic approach to teacher training, combining immediate practical experience, personalised support, financial stability, and flexibility. If you're seeking a dynamic and immersive pathway into teaching, our apprenticeship program is the ideal choice.

Choose this nationally recognised teacher training alternative route if you want:

  • To Earn While You Learn: Unlike other routes, you'll receive a competitive salary throughout your training, ensuring financial stability as you pursue your career in teaching. There are no fees for apprentices. The fees are paid by the school through their Apprenticeship Levy or through government co-investment if the school is not a levy payer. Student finance and maintenance loans are not available. You are paid a salary on the unqualified teacher scale (UNQ1). Certain rules apply.
  • Enhanced Practical Experience: Our apprenticeship training, like our other routes into teaching, immerses you in the real teaching scenarios as you take on the role of the classroom teacher, better preparing you for your future in the classroom. 
  • Career Progression: If you’re currently working as an unqualified teacher, cover supervisor or teaching assistant, this apprenticeship offers new opportunities for career progression, higher earning capacity, recognition, and status.
  • Accelerated Career Opportunities: Successful completion of our programme increases your chances of securing permanent employment in your employing school.
  • Immediate access to rewards and benefits: As an employee of Red Kite Learning Trust, you'll enjoy a range of benefits from day one, including a generous pension scheme with an employer rate of 19.5%, £5000 cycle to work scheme, discounted gym, family health, private medical insurance and dental care plans, discounts and online offers at major high street/online retailers and our employee assistance programme accessible by you and your family.

Apprenticeship Course Structure

Our Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is full time (minimum of 30 hours per week) and runs for 4 terms.

Next course start date: Monday 3rd June 2024

Red Kite 2021 (36)

Term 1

3rd June to 19th July

Term 2

28th August to 20th December

Term 3

6th January to 4th April

Term 4

22nd April to 31st July

Alternative Placement

Employing School

Key course components can be viewed here

End Point Assessment

In June, apprentices enter and complete EPA to consolidate learning from initial teacher training and demonstrate their competencies of knowledge, skills and behaviours of this apprenticeship standard. This is completed with an external end point assessor.

Entry Criteria

Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above.

Secondary applicants should have a degree relevant to the subject they want to teach. We consider related A-Level qualifications where your degree is not directly related for our Maths and Physics courses.

All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.

Experience of being in a school is essential for this route. Level of school experience is decided by the employing school and could be between 6 month and 2 years.

*or international equivalent

You must be eligible to study in the UK. We are unable to sponsor student route visas.

First Steps 

We would love to speak to you about this alternative route into teaching. We warmly invite you to speak to us to ensure this is route is right for you. Please contact and mention apprenticeship in the email title.

To Apply

If you would like to request an expression of interest form, please email

Red Kite Education

Red Kite Teacher Training is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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