During this apprenticeship you will be learning how to become an effective Additional Learning Support (ALS) Worker and you will be supported by your Line Manager and the wider team to learn a variety of new skills to help you achieve your qualification. The role includes ensuring students with additional physical, communication, sensory and/or learning needs are able to access college safely, including support using aids as appropriate and providing individual or group support during student lunchtimes and breaks.

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Closing date: 16 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am to 4pm with ½ an hour unpaid lunch each day

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    14 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

By the end of this apprenticeship you be able to carry out all the principal accountabilities below:


  • Carry out an effective high-quality additional learning support service, allocated by the ALS coordinator
  • Support, enable and empower students to successfully access the curriculum
  • Be informed of current practice, legislation, and guidance around additional learning support in further education, including education, health and care plans and the code of practice
  • Work collaboratively to ensure student support plans are up to date, relevant, reviewed regularly and shared with appropriate members of staff
  • Support allocated students to achieve personal outcomes, long and short term, in regard to progression towards employment, independence, community inclusion and health
  • Liaise with and advise curriculum staff in regard to strategies for support: give guidance and interpretation of EHCPs and other provided information
  • Ensuring students with additional physical, communication, sensory and/or learning needs are able to access college safely, including support using aids as appropriate
  • Providing individual or group support during student lunchtimes and breaks
  • Providing intimate personal care for students, as appropriate and as per support plan
  • Maintain a safe environment for students, yourself and colleagues by adhering to any specific safety plans and risk assessments, as well as college safe systems of work
  • Work with students in a flexible and responsive manner, to provide a tailored support package
  • Through the use of college systems, maintain records of student progress, including detailing the effectiveness of interventions, strategies tried and delivered and other information as required by the college, the code of practice and current guidance

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

You will work towards a level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship. You will complete a series of modules towards the standard covering knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Your course will be delivered within your workplace where you will have training sessions with your college trainer.

You will also be supported within your workplace towards the standard by a City of Bristol college trainer.

You will also need to complete off-the-job training, which will consist of college work outside of your normal job role and any other off the job training which may be set by your employer.

You will study towards functional skills in English & Maths at Level 2, if not already achieved.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will complete an end-point assessment which consists of practical observations with questions and answers and a professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence.

The apprenticeship provides knowledge and skills for workers supporting teachers in the classroom.

An End Point Assessment (EPA) is an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship. It will assess you against the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) in the occupational standard. Your training will cover the KSBs. The EPA is your opportunity to show an independent assessor how well you can carry out the occupation you have been trained for.

The EPA gateway is when the EPAO checks and confirms that you have met any requirements required before you start the EPA. You will only enter the gateway when your employer says you are ready.

The gateway requirements for your EPA are:

  • Achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules
  • For the professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, you must submit a portfolio of evidence

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

This could lead to further training or a full time position within the company on successful completion of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5 to 9 (A* to C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5 to 9 (A* to C)) Essential

Things to consider

You will work across multiple sites in Bristol. You must be committed to seeing the qualification through and have a willingness to learn whilst displaying a can-do approach to your work.

About the employer

As an apprentice, South West Apprenticeship Company Limited, the Flexi Job Agency (FJA) will employ the successful candidate on behalf of this employer. 99% of our apprentices gain full-time employment with their host organisation after completing their apprenticeship or they have progressed onto higher qualifications. The experience and knowledge you gain, plus the relationships you develop, make it easier to progress quickly.




The Boulevard

Hengrove Park


BS14 0DB

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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