Schools Apprenticeship Service
PE & School Sport

The PE and School Sport apprenticeship programme is designed for schools looking to enhance the coaching and teaching of physical education within their school. 

 

What is the PE & School Sport Apprenticeship Programme?

 

The PE and School Sport Apprenticeship Programme is a government funded scheme for new and existing staff, providing specific work-based training designed around the needs of a PE Department.

VLUK have been successfully delivering apprenticeship qualifications since we were founded in 2007, and have seen many ex-apprentices go on to rewarding careers in their chosen area of work.

The PE & School Sport Apprenticeship Programme is a full time course which involves up to 30 hours of paid work in a school per week and 6 hours of study. The programme can be studied in conjunction with work experience in either a primary or secondary school environment for a minimum of 53 weeks. The apprentice is expected to be paid in line with the national minimum wage for apprentices.

Who is the Apprenticeship Programme for?

The programme is designed for enthusiastic young people (aged 16-24 years) with a passion for sport and education. Gaining a Level 2 or Level 3 nationally recognised qualification can help the apprentice to gain the practical experience and skills needed for their future career choice.


The apprentice may already be a current or ex-student from within your school that you think would work well in your PE Department. Alternatively, they may be recruited from outside your school and be willing to travel. In both scenarios, VLUK are able to provide practical support and guidance to help you get the right apprentice for your school.

Why have an Apprentice in your school?

Apprentices are becoming an increasingly successful way to keep young people in education, whilst giving them the opportunity to earn as they learn.

As a school you can benefit by having an extra resource to help with the running of PE lessons and school sports programmes, which can help to optimise sports participation in your school.

Often primary schools use a PE and School Sport Apprentice to support PE sessions, help run after-school clubs, or even provide much needed PPA cover for teaching staff.

Many secondary schools use a PE and School Sport Apprentices to maintain previous School Sports partnership relationships with feeder primary schools. They work much like the old SSCo’s under the direction of a lead professional based at the secondary school.

These positive sporting role models provide many benefits to both institutions, including increased performance, more PPA time for teachers and an enhanced Year 7 intake at the Secondary School.

Funding for Training

There are a number of different funding options available to employers to help cover the cost of taking on an apprentice. The level of funding available varies depending on the age of the apprentice, the size of your establishment and whether you are an apprenticeship levy payer or not.

The information shown below provides an outline of the funding options available, however for further specific guidance about the funding available for your establishment, please contact VLUK.

 

Age of apprentice

Fewer than 50 employees

More than 50 employees

16-18

• Fully funded training costs
• Plus additional Government grant of £1,000

• Employer expected to pay 10% of course fees to education provider (£300)
• No Government bursary

19-24

• Fully funded training costs
• No Government grants available

• Employer expected to pay 10% of course fees to education provider (£300)
• No Government bursary

 

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE Grants)

Employers may be eligible to apply for an AGE Grant of up to £1,500 for each of their first 5 apprentices, as long as those apprentices are 16-24 years old and the employer has less than 50 employees.

 

To find out more about AGE visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk or speak to VLUK today.

 

Associated costs

Apprentice wages

All apprentices must be paid a minimum of £3.50 per hour for 30 hours of work per week which equals £105 per week for 52 weeks.

If the apprentice is employed for more hours, then pay needs to increase accordingly.

The employer may also choose to pay the apprentice more than the £3.50 minimum rate.

 

Practical Training

An Apprenticeship is all about learning on the job. However, we understand that if apprentices are delivering to Primary age learners, these sessions must be to a high standard. For this reason, all apprentices follow key knowledge elements of their programme in the first couple of months, and are signed off by their assessor before they are allowed to deliver to your young people.

90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship

Once signed off, the apprentices achieve the rest of the qualification, by showing competence in different work-based scenarios and tasks.

Typically, an Apprentice is expected to work for up to 30 hours a week for the school. They will need to be allowed up to 6 hours each week to focus on their studies.

The programme offers both Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeships. It has been specifically designed for institutions that want to develop staff, and provide an enhanced, and innovative learning environment for all young people.

How does it work?

An Apprenticeship is all about learning on the job. However, in order to prepare the apprentice for the world of work, they will learn about the key knowledge elements of their programme in the first couple of months. Upon the completion of this, the apprentice is signed off by their assessor and ready to begin work in a school environment.

Once signed off, the apprentice achieves the rest of the qualification by showing competence in different work-based scenarios and tasks.

Typically, an Apprentice is expected to work for up to 30 hours a week for the school. They will need to be allowed up to 6 hours each week to focus on their studies.

The programme offers both Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeships. It has been specifically designed for institutions that want to develop staff, and provide an enhanced, and innovative learning environment for all young people.

Pathways

Apprentices can follow many different pathways, when they complete the programme.

A Level 2 Apprentice will often progress onto a more supervisory role as a Level 3 Apprentice, or into a Level 3 Study Programme.

Some use their ability to coach sporting activities to a high standard as a springboard into the world of work, often remaining in the PE and School Sport Sector, working as a sports development officer, coach, or even moving into teaching assistant (TA) or higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) roles/qualifications.

Level 3 Apprentices can use the qualification to gain entry onto Foundation Degree Programmes or Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Many use the fact that they have achieved the industry standard PE and School Sport Qualification to gain jobs with Schools, Training Providers or coaching companies as coaches, PPA cover PE teachers or sports development officers. It provides an introduction to further opportunities for work within physical education and school sport as a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) or teaching assistant (TA)

A school does not have to provide these progression opportunities for the Apprentices. VLUK’s IAG process will highlight to them how best to implement their newly acquired skills in pursuit of their ultimate career plans.

Timetable

To achieve in any walk of life, an individual has to work hard. We expect all apprentices to give of their best.

As full time employees of your school, they have to fit in with your values and ethics, and are expected to work hard, be it in their approach to coaching or theoretical study.

A typical apprentice can expect to spend anything between 30-36 hours a week studying, training, and developing his or her work experience. There are no half measures or shortcuts to success.

 
A conventional timetable for PE and School:

Monday 
Morning
 Admin support.
Afternoon
Industry Based Work & Admin support

Tuesday 
Morning Industry Based Work.
Afternoon
Admin supportIndustry Based Work 

Wednesday 
Morning Admin support.
Afternoon
Industry Based Work & Admin support

Thursday 
Morning Mentor Meeting & Industry Based Work.
Afternoon
Admin supportIndustry Based Work 

Friday 
All day
Academic day. Independent Study. (Computer and space needed).

The timetable is an example but it can be tailored to the needs of the business. Also, working hours can be increased as long as the apprentice is paid accordingly.

Opportunities

Throughout the programme apprentices will be challenged both in their teaching and coaching and through studying a variety of theory units. These units will provide the essential groundwork knowledge required to establish them as valuable employees of your school.

As a school, you will be expected to provide a work-based mentor to provide essential guidance and one-to-one support to the apprentice, throughout their time with you. Through this, and with the key knowledge an apprentice learns from the VLUK sessions, the apprentice will continue to develop in your institution day-by-day, moving onto planning, leading and reviewing projects, whilst being mentored and observed.

Training is designed to develop the apprentice’s interaction skills with others and give them the knowledge and understanding of everything that is required to become a valued support coach or teacher.

The apprentice is seen as a valuable employee, so will be expected to work and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

Before the end of the programme, they will be able to deliver sporting activities and coaching to a high quality standard. The programme will increase confidence, expand knowledge and enhance teaching skills.

Many of our former students have developed within their existing workplace or go on to find work in other schools, whilst others choose to apply for further apprenticeships.

Qualifications

The Intermediate Apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship has been specifically designed for schools whose staff are not qualified PE teachers, but deliver PE, coaching and school sport to Primary age learners.

It is particularly suited to young adults from 16-23 years old, looking to develop a career in activity leadership or sports coaching and physical education.

Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship in Activity Leadership - Approximately 13 months

  • Level 2 NVQ in Activity Leadership
  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Coaching Sport; or L2 BTEC Award in Increasing Participation in Sport
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths

 

The Advanced apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship is designed to provide a vocational pathway into the provision of; Children’s Physical Activity and School Sport delivery and development, in a range of environments including the community and schools.

It’s particularly useful for those who already work, or aspire to work, in a physical education and school sport setting. Designed to provide an enhanced understanding of programmes of study for physical education, the national curriculum and the environment in which they will be operating.

Level 3 Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport - Approximately 13 months

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in PE and School Sport
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

Those who complete this Advanced Apprenticeship will be suitably qualified with the knowledge, understanding and competency to deliver, plan, organise and assess the learning of children in a range of environments including the community and schools.

Case Studies

 

Secondary Academy

Apprentice 1

Role: PE assistant
To assist in PE lessons, organise & support fixtures of school teams, organise and run after-school clubs and lunchtime sessions

Benefits:

  • A cost-effective solution for the PE Department
  • Enhanced service of extra-curricular clubs and school teams for students, with no impact on teaching staff time.
  • Allows PE staff to concentrate on planning and delivering sessions, not admin tasks, such as arranging fixtures
  • The school trains enthusiastic staff “their way”,
  • The school can pick the best apprentices to employ and develop further in the future.


Apprentice 2

Role: SSCO Assistant
Provide feeder Primary schools with curriculum support.

Benefits:

  • Enhanced presence in feeder Primary schools, maintaining the SSCo links.
  • Income from feeder Primary schools, who pay for the service.
  • PPA cover for Primary school teachers
  • Additional service of extra-curricular clubs and school teams for students, with no impact on teaching staff time.
  • Positive sporting role models in Primary schools
  • Links create increased intake in Yr 7

 



Primary school

Role: PE Apprentice
Curriculum PE support, deliver PE session, and extra curricular clubs

Benefits

  • A cost-effective solution for the Primary school
  • Enhanced service of extra-curricular clubs and school teams for students, with no impact on teaching staff time.
  • PPA cover for teaching staff
  • High quality PE sessions delivered by trained specialists
  • Fee-paying extra curricular clubs provide income to the school.
  • Allows teaching staff to concentrate on planning and delivering sessions, not admin tasks, such as arranging fixtures
  • The school helps to train enthusiastic staff “their way”,

The school can pick the best apprentices to employ and develop further in the future.

Contact Us

  • To find out more about our Apprenticeship Service, please get in touch.

Start Date
Monthly from September 2016

Course type
Full-time Apprenticeship

Course Duration
13 months

Qualifications
Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Pay
Based on National Apprenticeship wage

Employment
Apprentices need to be employed by the school

Job roles
Typical roles include PE Department Assistants, and School Sports Co-ordinators

Course progression
Access to further/higher education

Career opportunities
Primary school PE, cover supervisor, sports coach

 

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