Apprentices - Frequently asked questions

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How much college work will I need to do?
All apprentices will complete the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sport. This will be broken down into units each of which will have a workbook to complete. College contact days, online resources and personal research will enable students to complete their NVQ workbooks.
Each apprentice should receive 5 hours per week PPA time to be used for planning as well as completing NVQ work but there will be a requirement to complete some work in personal time.

What responsibility will I have in school?
Apprentices will be treated like any other member of staff and will therefore need to contribute to the behaviour management of pupils. Apprentices will be expected to attend and contribute to staff meetings and training as requested by their school.

What are the working hours and holidays?
The working hours for a School Sport Apprentice are flexible and will vary between schools. Due to the timetable of extra-curricular activities and fixtures there may be different start and finish times throughout the week. Apprentices will however have a set schedule to follow that will be between 30-37 hours per week.
Apprentices are employed on a 52 week contract with an entitlement of 20 days holiday. Holidays should be taken outside of the school term and must be agreed by the host school and the College (due to support days also taking place in school holidays – these days are set out at the start of the programme).

Do I have to do the summer training? …What if I have holiday booked?
The summer training programme is a vital part of your training as a School Sport Apprentice and is compulsory. As well as preparing you to start in your school with confidence and quality there are elements of the apprenticeship qualification that are delivered during this period. Pre-booked holidays will be discussed on an individual basis during the interview process.

What can I do afterwards?
It is hoped that is schools are happy with the role and impact of the apprentice that there may be opportunities to keep them on as a Coach/Technician/LSA after the programme. There are many other exit routes such as training to be a qualified teacher. More information can be found here.

Can we choose our schools?
Students can apply for particular school positions advertised depending on their location and transport needs. After initial screening to ensure students meet the entry requirements they will be put forward to the relevant schools that will shortlist for interview.

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