Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprentice – Crocketts Community Primary School Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

This is an exciting opportunity to work with pupils in reception year, to educate and develop them through creative play and classes.

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Closing date: 16 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, 8:30am to 3:30pm.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    30 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Early Years Practitioner required to work with pupils within a primary school ages 4-5.

Key Duties will include:

  • Assisting children with creative play
  • Undertake certain domestic jobs within the setting, e.g. cleaning of equipment/setting up of activities for  indoor/outdoor sessions and classes
  • Leading on reading time and sing-a-long
  • Working with small groups for activities
  • Updating pupil files with activity logs and observations

The apprentice must :

  • Be willing to shadow senior staff
  • Attend training
  • Be flexible to support the needs of the post.
  • Have a due regard for Safeguarding and Child Protection.
  • Be flexible and able to work when the school is closed to students
  • 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
  • To support and promote diversity and equality, working with all age groups
  • To understand and observe the rules of confidentiality

The training you will be getting

  • The successful candidate will be expected to undertake and achieve the level 2 Early Years Practitioner apprenticeship standard qualification.
  • Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • The post is offered on a fixed-term contract to cover the duration of the apprenticeship training. You will receive support and guidance to identify and apply for any further apprenticeships or internal jobs that you are suitably experienced and qualified for.
  • Our 'Next Steps' workshop will help you to identify the skills that you have gained throughout your apprenticeship in order to update your CV and apply for any opportunities.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Willingness to learn, Maintain confidentiality, Flexible, Reliable, Professionalism


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Grade C / 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade C / 4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Proof of Qualification Certificates will be required when applying. You will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS Check prior to commencing in the post. You must be flexible and able to work when the school is closed to students. Annual leave must be taken outside of term time only.

About the employer

Sandwell is a large, multicultural metropolitan borough situated in the heart of the Black Country, to the west of Birmingham, within the West Midlands conurbation and with a population of over 280,000. The Council is one of the largest employers in the Borough with employees in a variety of occupations, providing a comprehensive range of services. For more information about Sandwell Council’s apprenticeship programme and our recruitment process please visit our YouTube channel. Find out more information on Sandwell’s Values and Behaviours on the council’s webpage. For more information on careers in local government you can view a copy of the Local Government Career Guide.


Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council


Coopers Lane


B67 7DW


Kim Hawthorne


07971 654 957

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Training provider


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

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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