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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 will need to attend a number of training days (number dependant on the programme – but a maximum on our courses of 16 days) across eighteen months and any additional off the job learning can be carried out in the workplace.

We will work with you to understand the requirements and but as long as Apprentices have some time to complete directed activities and opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to their specific apprenticeship, this can be delivered flexibly.

‘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 over the age of 16 to 100 living 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 fast growing apprenticeship programme has been awarded Ofsted’s maximum ‘Significant Progress’ in all three judgement areas in its spring 2021 monitoring inspection – a rare achievement only shared by between five and ten per cent of training providers across the country.

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