Apprentice Teaching Assistant at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

An apprenticeship with Holy Trinity C of E Primary School is the perfect way to help you decide what job you may want in the future. The opportunity will provide real work experience at the same time as gaining qualifications. To support individual/group work across the curriculum to raise levels of achievement, plus more.

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Closing date: 23 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

    34.5 hours per week - Monday to Friday. Exact times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 34.5

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As a member of both the school's learning support team and pastoral team, your main jobs and duties will consist of:

Support to pupils:

  • To maintain pupils’ interests and motivation
  • To support individual/group work across the curriculum to raise levels of achievement
  • To facilitate the pupil’s development and skills in the use of resources including IT
  • Assisting pupils with dress/changing for activities/personal hygiene
  • Care and welfare of pupils to include toileting and feeding as required
  • Escorting pupils around school premises
  • 1:1 support to pupils with complex and profound multiple learning difficulties
  • To support pupils with social, emotional, mental health needs

Support to School:

  • Support the ethos of school
  • To maintain school policies and procedures
  • Maintain school routine
  • To promote high standards of behaviour throughout school in accordance with the Behaviour Policy
  • Preparation of rooms, equipment and displays
  • Maintenance of safe environment
  • Contact and links with those with parental responsibility during the working day, as part of the normal consultative and educational process

Support to Teachers:

  • To deliver pre-planned programmes of work both for learning and pastoral
  • Planning and organisation of activities for children and support to teachers in the completion of assessment and other pupil records
  • Liaison with teachers and other staff to obtain, exchange and record information on pupils in accordance with school policy
  • Undertaking duties on a rota basis during mid-morning/mid-afternoon breaks and lunch breaks
  • Support the supervision of individuals/groups of pupils
  • To assist the teacher with supervision of pupils on school trips/visits
  • Contact with parents as part of normal consultative and educational process, e.g. parent’s evenings
  • Keeping materials and equipment in tidy/safe manner 

Support with Curriculum:

  • To assist in the teaching of the curriculum access to the curriculum
  • Support to teachers in the assessment and monitoring of pupils, in accordance with school policy
  • To support individual/ group work across the curriculum to raise levels of achievement and to respond appropriately to pupils
  • Participation in working groups on curriculum matters
  • Involvement in planning meetings
  • Attendance at staff meetings and appropriate training sessions as required
  • Development and preparation of curriculum materials

It is your responsibility to carry out your duties in line with the school's policy on equality and be sensitive and caring to the needs of the disadvantaged, promoting a positive approach to a harmonious working environment. You should act as an exemplar on these issues and should identify and monitor training for yourself and any employees for whom you are responsible, in line with this policy, the Equality Standard and obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

The post holder must always carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to the school's policy, organisation and arrangements for Health and Safety at Work.

The training you will be getting

As well as working towards a Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard, you will learn job-specific skills from experienced colleagues.

Sandwell apprentices also participate in our bespoke 'Skills Academy' for apprentices. In addition to a workplace mentor, you will receive support throughout your apprenticeship by a dedicated mentor from the Council's Apprenticeships team.

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, Non judgemental, Patience, Motivational, Professional, Mature, Flexible, Willing to learn, Outgoing


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade A*-C/9-4 or L2 equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C/9-4 or L2 equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

You must be willing to shadow senior staff, attend relevant training and be flexible to support the needs of the post. You will need to have a due regard for Safeguarding and Child Protection, therefore you will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS Check prior to commencing in the post. 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


Trinity Road South

West Bromwich

B70 6NF


Rich Nettleton

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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

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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