Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship – Reference Number: ST0149

Who is it for?

The Learning and Skills Teacher (LST) is ‘dual-professional’, having first achieved competence in a vocational or subject specialism and then subsequently trained as a teacher.  This means that many teachers in the Education and Training Sector (ETS) begin teaching as a second, or even later, career. The LST role is pivotal to the success of traineeship and apprenticeship programmes, in delivering effective vocational education and training that meets both learners’ and employers’ needs.

LSTs teach young people and adults within all parts of the ETS, including: work based/independent training provision; further, adult and higher education; offender-learning; and the voluntary sector.  LSTs are responsible for planning and delivering learning that is current, relevant, challenging, and that inspires learners to engage and achieve their full potential.  LSTs collaborate closely with colleagues and other ETS professionals in supporting learner progress. LSTs ensure the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of learners.

What will be covered?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, a Learning and Skills Teacher will have knowledge and an understanding of:

Principles of Effective Programme Design

  • How to organise and combine syllabus outcomes into meaningful/realistic learning opportunities.

  • Current and emerging workplace practice.

  • Evidence-based strategies to ensure that the learning process develops individuals to be highly effective within the workplace, with their families and in their communities.

Principles of Effective Learning

  • How to engage learners in maintaining ground-rules for safe and effective learning.

  • The causes of unfair disadvantage and barriers to learning, and ways to overcome them.

  • Mathematics and English in the vocational context and opportunities and support for their development.

  • How to ensure that learning activities actively engage and challenge all learners.

  • When best to use learning resources to support learners without excluding others.

  • Current and emerging learning technologies and how they can be used safely and effectively.

Principles of Individualised (Differentiated) Learning

  • Sources of current information, advice and guidance.

  • Effective use of initial and diagnostic assessment and their application at the start of or during a programme.

  • Ways for learners to develop or acquire skills and knowledge individually or as part of a team-based task.

  • How to involve learners in understanding their own progress, and updating their learning records and plans.