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Apprentice Teaching Assistant based at Pennyhill Primary School, West Bromwich Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

An apprenticeship with Pennyhill Primary School in West Bromwich, is the perfect way to help you decide what job you may want in the future. This Teaching Assistant opportunity will provide real work experience at the same time as gaining a Level 3 qualification. PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm. This is not a term time role, so you must be prepared to work when the school is also closed to students.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    15 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To support qualified staff with daily routines in Early Years and Key Stages 1 and 2.
  • Undertake certain domestic jobs within the setting e.g. cleaning of equipment/setting up of activities. 
  • To contribute to observations of children’s learning and offer points for planning. 
  • Encouraging pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by teachers.
  • Planning and organising activities for children and supporting teachers in the completion of assessments and other pupil records.
  • To support and promote diversity and equality, working with all age groups.
  • To understand and observe the rules of confidentiality. 
  • To learn the skills of a Teaching Assistant, working practically as part of the team. 
  • Understand the importance of keeping everyone safe and the part you play. 
  • To ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children. 
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach using your initiative and taking responsibility for getting things done. 
  • To learn, understand and implement the policies and procedures within the school. 
  • To gain a good understanding of child development and how this is important when caring for children. 
  • Ensure you work as part of a team towards a common goal to share ideas and feedback.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

At the end you will gain a Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification. This will include any Functional Skills as appropriate.  The apprenticeship training will be delivered in the workplace, as you will receive visits from a college assessor. The apprenticeship will also include a proportion of 20% Off The Job Training and a robust programme of Apprentice Training to include Workplace Professionalism and Equality & Diversity.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship is a fixed term 21 month contract.  However, the skills, knowledge and experience gained in this apprenticeship will allow you to gain future opportunities in the sector.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Safeguarding, Empathy, Data Protection, Flexibility, Professionalism


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade C / 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C / 4 or above) Essential
Other Literacy Functional Skills (Grade Level 2) Essential
Other Numeracy Functional Skills (Grade Level 2) Essential

Things to consider

Proof of Qualification Certificates will be required when applying. You will need to have a mature and professional approach and a due regard for Safeguarding and Child Protection, therefore subject to Enhanced DBS clearance. Your allowance of Annual Leave must be taken when the school is closed to students.

About the employer

Sandwell is situated in the heart of the Black Country. In 2020 we were placed in the Top 100 employers nationally for apprentices, making Sandwell a great place to undertake an apprenticeship! Our apprenticeship team Think Sandwell advertise opportunities both in the council and with external employers.


Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council


Pennyhill Primary School

Hollyhedge Road

West Bromwich

B71 3BU


Elle Walker

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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