Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship - St Josephs Specialist Trust INSPIRE ATA LIMITED

You will be supporting students, aged 5-19, with severe social communication difficulties, complex learning disabilities and often challenging behaviours to access therapy based education.

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Closing date: 02 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.40 per hour

    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, 8.30am to 4.15pm.

    Total hours per week: 36.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    28 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

About the Host (Placement):

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is an independent non-maintained specialist school and college, registered children’s home with two local adult supported living houses nearby. The St Joseph’s community consists of approximately seventy five students at the school and college, eleven tenants resident at the Supported Living Houses who are supported by almost 270 staff. We cater for young people aged 5 – 19 with complex and severe learning difficulties, many of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum, and other associated difficulties. Our provision uses an embedded therapies approach and focuses on access to the community for all, irrespective of their challenges. We are a Catholic provision with Christian principles at our core; welcoming students and staff of all faiths and of none. St Joseph’s 22 acre site is situated on the outskirts of Cranleigh in the Surrey Hills between Guildford and

Key Responsibilities of the role:

Policy and Leadership:

  • Review work practice policies, particularly those on work-related activities (WRA)
  • Assist in assessing students using school curriculum and national curriculum requirements, including OCR Life and Living Skills
  • To have a good working knowledge and understanding of all school policies
  • To ensure all policies are vigorously adhered to in practice

Management of Teaching and Learning:

  • Support teachers in meeting school policy and national curriculum requirements
  • Aid teachers in implementing management strategies for effective teaching and learning environments

Management of Students:

  • Support students in structured work across all curriculum areas
  • Prepare differentiated work, especially WRA, including off-site activities like shopping, leisure center visits and work experience placements
  • Foster teamwork and positive attitudes among students through shared ideas and experiences

Management of Financial and Physical Resources:

  • Assist in classroom organization to promote student independence and responsibility.
  • Demonstrate physical and mental resilience to navigate the school's 23-acre site and support students in various activities
  • Supervise students in various settings, including movement around the school, toileting, changing rooms, play areas and dining rooms
  • Monitor group work involving potentially hazardous equipment.

Evaluation and Quality:

  • Monitor student work to inform planning processes and meet individual needs
  • Maintain records of student progress and report achievements in accordance with school policy
  • Participate in the appraisal process and attend staff meetings, open evenings, and consultation events
  • Respond to teacher requests for assistance, including photocopying, making worksheets, and dealing with parents regarding various issues

Benefits when working with Inspire ATA:

  • Eligible for an NUS card for discounts in shops and restaurants
  • Eligible for an apprenticeship oyster card, 30% off travel
  • Discount on Nandos, ASOS, Vue cinema and much more
  • Earn while you learn
  • No debt
  • Automatic rise in pay after 12 months
  • Prizes and vouchers to be won (apprentice of the month)
  • Secure a job with little or no experience
  • Remote learning

The training you will be getting

  • Working towards your Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification. (All learning is delivered online/ remote)
  • Training Provider: LMP Education (rated 8th best UK training provider)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Lots of opportunties for progression available 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

Please be aware that upon a successful offer of employment the company completes digitalised right-to-work checks and DBS applications via an external provider - Matrix Security Watchdog (Capita). The company also completes an internal online social media search, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. Please google the location prior to applying.

About the employer

Inspire ATA is an official Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency, licenced by the Department for Education. Currently ranked 2nd in the Rate My Apprenticeship Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK Award 2023-2024. Inspire ATA specialises in creating apprenticeship opportunities, where we recruit and employ the apprentice on behalf of our host clients, enabling us to offer additional support and a better experience for both the apprentice and the client as the experts in the industry. We arrange the most suitable and appropriate apprenticeship training from one of our partnered training providers. If you are successful in securing an apprenticeship with Inspire ATA, it is important to understand that Inspire ATA will be your employer and the apprenticeship placement will be a separate organisation that simply hosts you as an apprentice. As a Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency, Inspire ATA performs an important role in developing the UK labour market and it is our responsibility to ensure that talent is recognised, developed, and matched with business needs, whatever the background of the individual, irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity and gender reassignment. We are proud of the diverse nature of our business and work with clients to ensure that all candidates are treated with courtesy and respect.




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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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