Education, teaching, and childcare

Lots of influential people were inspired by great teachers. Whether you love the idea of working in a primary school, want to give people careers advice, or are driven to help children with additional needs, teaching is a rewarding career.

What is an education and childcare apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship in education or childcare is a work-based route into teaching or a similar field working with young people. You will be able to gain the qualifications needed to work in education while earning a salary and not paying tuition fees.

It’s not just teaching you can get into with an apprenticeship; there are a variety of roles like academic research at a university, careers advice, or working with children with special educational needs.

Career opportunities from an education and childcare apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in education and childcare can lead to a range of careers, including a:

•    primary school or secondary school teacher
•    teaching assistant
•    early years practitioner
•    academic research professional or lecturer
•    careers adviser
•    special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)

Reena completed a teaching apprenticeship.
The average salary for a teacher or lecturer in the UK
*Correct as of February 2022
The number of teachers in the UK.
**Department for Education, correct as of February 2022
% of newly qualified teachers employed within six months of qualifying.
†National College for Teaching & Leadership

Jess Mead, teaching apprentice at Keighley College

I teach business, travel and events as that’s where my experience lies. Before this apprenticeship, I thought that was too niche and didn’t really consider teaching these subjects as an option. I enjoy the freedom I get to be creative.

Sam Murray, Academic apprentice at Middlesex University

We work with young people at the cutting edge of new and innovative ideas. That’s why I felt it was important to get industry experience. It’s difficult to teach what you’ve learned from books – you need to experience the practical side too.
  • You’ll get to inspire the next generation
  • There are opportunities to travel the world
  • You can specialise in lots of different areas
  • You may have to work long hours
  • You need lots of energy and motivation
  • You may have challenging pupils

Who would suit an education and teaching apprenticeship?

You might be interested in an education, childcare, and teaching apprenticeship if you:

  • are passionate about working with young people
  • think you could inspire the next generation
  • like the idea of helping people discover their futures

You might be a good fit for an education apprenticeship if you are:

  • a good communicator
  • a good collaborator
  • adaptable to situations around you
  • caring and a good listener
  • good with young people
  • eager to learn

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Kevin O'Hare, Principal at Keighley College

It’s no secret, teaching can be hard work and isn’t for the faint-hearted. However, it does offer a secure and rewarding career and I can personally say that having worked in further education for 30 years, I’ve not experienced a single day of being bored.

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