Apprentice Learning Support Assistant BRIDGWATER COLLEGE TRUST

Bridgwater College Academy is seeking to appoint an apprentice teaching assistant. The successful candidate will work with the ASC Polden Centre Team based in KS3 and KS4 and support our students in mainstream classes also.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 07 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,152.00 to £16,359.20

    Pro rata salary based on term time only hours

    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 Term time only, Shifts to be announced.

    Total hours per week: 27.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The ideal candidate will be responsible for supporting individual students and small groups, encouraging their engagement in learning, promoting positive behaviour, and will be supported to deliver bespoke SEN interventions in the specialist centre.

To be considered for this inclusive role, you should:

  • Have a desire to understand the needs of students with autism and support them in an educational environment.
  • Have a calm, positive attitude and be a clear, confident communicator
  • Be able to build and develop trusting, professional relationships with students and staff.

The training you will be getting

Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant - Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at Level 2, if required (exemptions apply)
  • Delivery will take place weekly at our Bridgwater campus

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the full time team at the ASC base within our inclusive academy

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Creative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A-C/9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A-C/9-4) Essential

Things to consider

We care about our staff and provide a number of benefits in addition to salary including a positive and supportive working environment, employer pension contribution of at least 23%, generous annual leave entitlement for all-year round staff, on-site gyms, free parking, access to a retail discounts platform and Employee Assistance Programme. Helping you achieve a good work life balance is important to us. Lots of our colleagues work flexibly including part time hours and/or job shares and we are happy to discuss these opportunities with you. Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share its commitment. Our mission is that all children achieve. A criminal disclosure check will be requested for any applicant who is offered a position.

About the employer

The Polden Centre is an inclusive, specialist provision for students with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) or significant language and communication need. Each student allocated a placement at the Polden Centre has an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) or Statement of SEN. Placements are agreed by the Local Authority, in consultation with BCA. The Polden Centre currently offers fourteen placements. Students within the Polden Centre are taught either by a specialist SEN teacher or HLTA, supported by a team of teaching assistants. Students are also supported, when appropriate, within the mainstream environment by the centre staff.








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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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 07 Jul 2024