Argyle Community Trust are looking for an Apprentice Teaching Assistant who would enjoy helping others to achieve, experience success and fulfil their potential. The role will involve supporting young people and adults to gain employment, through a range of bespoke education and work experience based programme.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

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 - Friday between 9am and 5pm. Some evenings to support with evening classes and sessions.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    16 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

Argyle Community Trust are looking for an Apprentice Teaching Assistant who would enjoy helping others to achieve, experience success and fulfil their potential. The apprentice should be willing to develop an understanding of the obstacles and challenges that some people face in gaining employment and develop strategies on how to motivate, build confidence and raise the self-esteem of young people. The ability to engage with and relate to people who have experienced difficulties in gaining employment is crucial.

The position will be based across multiple delivery sites within Plymouth with some of the administrative role completed in the offices at one of our delivery hubs. The role of Apprentice Teaching Assistant will be to assist in the delivery vocational qualifications and a work-readiness programme for a range of young people and adults with varying needs and backgrounds, this may also include working with our Post 16 delivery team in Plymouth assisting with delivery on the BTEC Sport programme. The apprentice teaching assistant will assist with a variety of 12-week employability and mentoring programmes as well as contributing to our Traineeship courses; they will also play a part in developing our secondary school provision

The apprentice will join the Education and Employment Team and assist with recruiting, teaching and supporting local people to learn new skills and gain accredited qualifications. They will also help with a bespoke mentoring programme that meets the needs of each individual. The role involves working with learners in a group and/or one-to-one, delivering all aspects of the qualifications in a variety of subjects and levels. Reporting to the Head of Education and Employability, the post holder will inspire and play their part in ensuring that every person who undertakes an educational journey with the Trust has the opportunity to achieve.

As a registered charity, the Community Trust works, in close conjunction with Plymouth Argyle Football Club and with many people across several sectors where sport has proven to be the ideal tool for creating lasting engagement with a diverse range of individuals.

  • With support, plan and deliver interesting and engaging sessions.
  • Support learners in completing portfolios of work which enable successful completion of qualifications and the overall course.
  • Assist the teaching of groups and individual learners from a range of backgrounds and abilities, including those from SEND and BAME backgrounds.
  • Mark work, giving appropriate feedback and maintaining records of learners’ progress and development.
  • To record all learner evidence in line with Trust and awarding body requirements.
  • With guidance carrying out a mentoring role as a personal tutor to learners.
  • Plan additional support for learners as necessary through a range of one-to-one reviews.
  • Have the knowledge and ability to support learners once they have completed their programme, to progress into employment/education for a period of time.
  • Represent the Community Trust at recruitment events, taster days, open days and outreach careers or education promotional events to support and achieve pre-agreed KPIs.
  • Interview potential learners and conduct diagnostic assessments as necessary.
  • Manage learner engagement according to ACT Code of Conduct and apply appropriate and effective measures in cases of unacceptable conduct.
  • To develop an understanding of the learning needs of students and use this knowledge to support them to become independent learners in the classroom.


The training you will be getting

Apprenticeship standard:

  • Teaching assistant Level 3 (A level)
  • Attending sessions at Plymouth Argyle monthly. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There may be the potential for full-time employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, for the right candidate.

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-9 (A*-C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade 4-9 (A*-C)) Essential

Things to consider

We would expect the candidate to have a can-do attitude, a willingness to learn and a genuine interest in teaching others. Argyle Community Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all participants on our programmes and promotes robust policies to ensure that our staff and volunteers adhere to safe practices. The successful candidate will be subject to undertaking enhanced DBS checks prior to employment.

About the employer

We are proud to be the official charity for Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Argyle Community Trust uses the prestige of football and the reach of the club to inspire, engage and help people of all ages, achieve their full potential. Argyle Community Trust has a clear vision, along with our national partners, to be an active, inspirational and inclusive community hub for the South West region. We aim to have a positive impact on a range of groups within society and to provide the local community with the opportunity to explore their full potential, improve their life chances and aspirations through the power of football and Plymouth Argyle FC. We are hugely proud to say we have changed lives and inspired people over the past 20 years and envisage this to continue for many years to come. We offer a large range of activities and programmes from football to nationally recognised educational qualifications, from health to social action and disability. To ensure we remain focused and true to our aims we have a strategy showcasing what we do and how we we intend to continue and build upon our work. Our Community Strategy builds on Argyle Community Trust’s desire to make a change to people’s lives using the power of Plymouth Argyle Football Club. The populations that we serve face barriers in relation to health, well-being, education, employment, levels of physical activity, high deprivation in some areas and low attainment levels. Through the work undertaken as part of our last strategy, through research and consultation there is clear evidence to indicate our work is needed within our community. National, regional and local plans reflect the work that we undertake with the aim of breaking down the barriers stated above.







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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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