What is the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship?

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The Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship is a fee-free, salaried route for graduates to enter the teaching profession and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 12 months.

Apprentices earn while they learn, with 12 months of direct training followed by up to 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA).

With fewer new teachers entering the profession and a decreasing number of ITT providers, Teacher Apprenticeships offer a  practical solution to the recruitment challenges faced by schools.


Teacher Apprenticeships make ITT affordable thanks to funding from the Apprenticeship Levy. Removing ITT fees widens the pool of potential teachers a school can recruit from to include those who would otherwise not be able to afford to complete ITT.

Grant funding

For secondary schools using Teacher Apprenticeships, grants are paid directly to the school to support paying apprentice teacher wages. With the grants taken into account, secondary schools can employ trainee teachers for substantially reduced costs, see below

Secondary specialism Cost of training Unqualified Teacher Pay scale Employer grant
Chemistry Levy-funded £20,598 £28,000
Computing Levy-funded £20,598 £28,000
Maths Levy-funded £20,598 £28,000
Physics Levy-funded £20,598 £28,000
French Levy-funded £20,598 £25,000
Spanish Levy-funded £20,598 £25,000
Geography Levy-funded £20,598 £16,000
Biology Levy-funded £20,598 £16,000
English Levy-funded £20,598 £1,000

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The Diary of a Teacher Apprentice

We interviewed one of our Apprentice Teachers, Molly, to find out what a typical week looks like for her. You can view her diary below:

Are there any teaching assistants, HLTAs, or unqualified teachers in your school who hold a degree and are looking to pursue a career in teaching?

The apprenticeship pathway enables schools to upskill and retain highly-valued members of staff whilst supporting their journey to QTS.

As a salaried and fee-free route route to QTS, the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship is in high demand among prospective trainees.

If you are looking to fill a vacancy and would like us to present you with candidates in your area, please get in touch.

Our recruitment team will collect applications for your vacancy every week. Candidates will be invited to a rigorous screening interview to determine their suitability for the role and to be placed on the programme.

Successful candidates will be sent to you with their application and interview notes, so you can decide whether to invite them for a formal employment interview.

The Department for Education (DfE) is introducing new requirements for ITT mentors starting from the 2024/25 academic year. This is great news for schools as it will improve the quality of mentor training and support for trainees, ultimately leading to better outcomes for both teachers and pupils.

Please visit our mentor-dedicated page to find out more. To register as a mentor, please click the button below.

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Best Practice Network's Director of ITT, Sian Marsh, shows how Teacher Apprenticeships can help with teacher recruitment.



Access a large pool of outstanding teachers

Funded training and a salaried position means the apprenticeship route provides schools a greater choice of high-calibre prospective teachers.

Do away with recruitment costs

Hiring and training new teachers can be costly for schools. Onboarding apprentice teachers removes the agency and recruitment expenses associated with traditional teacher recruitment

Increased retention rates

Since apprenticeships provide comprehensive training and mentorship, apprentices are more likely to feel supported and confident in their teaching abilities, have higher job satisfaction, and therefore higher retention rates.

Personalised support

Schools benefit from having a dedicated apprenticeship tutor. This approach providers expert support tailored to the values, ethos and ambitions of the school.

Access to a complete professional development pathway

Delivered in-line with the new ITT core-content framework, apprentice teachers have access to a curriculum engineered to complement and build toward the Early Career Framework and, when ready, the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). 

Flexible and local

Fortnightly in-person training events can be hosted on your school premises, helping reduce travel and support contextualised delivery.

Address the teacher shortage crisis

By supporting apprentice teachers, schools and trusts can play a pivotal role in addressing the teacher shortage crisis while also nurturing the next generation of teachers.

Employment that works

Apprentices must be employed on the unqualified teacher pay scale (£19,340). As with all employees, apprentices are subject to the same employment terms including a probation period.



At a glance


Course duration

Course duration
12 Months

Master credits

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Face-to-face events

In-school placement
4 days a week

Online learning
Centre based training
1 day a week


Personal Tutor visits & observation

Total learning hours

Full time (minimum of 30 hours a week)