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Myth busters

Myth busters

‘Apprenticeship training won’t benefit my school’

Yes it will. Thousands of schools are benefitting from apprenticeship training, to recruit, and upskill existing staff. Schools are finding that apprenticeships are a great way to develop their workforce in order to improve provision and outcomes.

‘Apprenticeships cannot be used for existing staff’

Yes they can. Apprenticeships can be used to upskill and/or retrain employees of any age, including older workers or existing staff, as long as the apprenticeship is giving them new skills.

‘20% off-the-job learning is inflexible: it has to involve 1 day off a week’

No it doesn’t. Off-the-job learning does not involve a day a week out of work. Apprentices do need opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours linked to the standards and to complete directed learning activities, but this can often be carried out in the workplace.

We will work with you to understand the requirements and flexibilities around off the job training.

‘My apprentice will spend a lot of time away from the workplace’

They don’t. Apprenticeships are about learning both on the job and off the job.

‘Apprenticeships are only for young people aged 16-18’

No, they’re not. Apprenticeships are available to people of all ages – anyone between the ages of 16 and 100, living in England, can apply. There are different entry requirements depending on the apprenticeship programme, job role and apprenticeship level.

‘I already have L3 Teaching Assistants’

A Level 3 qualification is not equivalent to a L3 paygrade. Typically teaching assistants have never received any training to do the job they are required to do.

‘It will cost too much’

The apprenticeship ‘levy’ funds apprenticeship training for all employers who pay into it. All schools pay into the levy fund, so there is no cost to the school or the learner. If the money you pay into the levy fund for training isn’t used, you lose it.

If you are a non-levy payer we can support you to reserve Government levy funds or to apply for a levy transfer.


Our apprenticeship programme was awarded “Good” in all areas by Ofsted in Autumn 2022. Inspectors said Ebor programmes helped apprentices “develop significant and relevant new skills, knowledge and behaviours” and that they feel valued and listened to and grow in confidence and resilience to carry out their roles.

“Trainers, who are well qualified and highly experienced in the sector deliver lessons that are interesting and thought provoking,” they said.

Ofsted noted that over half of the apprentices who completed their programme with Ebor achieved a distinction grade in their end-point assessment.

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