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Level 5 Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship


This apprenticeship is typically 24 months excluding a 2 month EPA period.

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.

Entry Requirements 

Individual employers may set any entry requirements but these may typically include:

  • Competence in vocational and/or specialist subject at an appropriate level

  • Confirmation of current vocational/specialist subject knowledge

  • Up to date knowledge of workplace practice

  • A willingness to continue to develop personal ICT skills to a level in-line with the LST role

  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment. 

How will this apprenticeship be delivered?

The apprenticeship will be delivered using a blended learning approach. Learning and assessment sessions will normally be conducted online and in the apprentice’s place of work. Group sessions are also required, and these will be either conducted online or at a venue local to the apprentice. We will agree on a curriculum plan with the employer to meet the training needs and prior experiences of the apprentice. Work-based assessment will normally be completed in the apprentice’s place of work and will include a variety of assessment methods, such as observation, professional discussion, questioning, witness testimonies. Knowledge requirements will be met via written assignments, projects, professional discussions and questioning. Assessment dates will be agreed by all parties at the start of the apprenticeship.


Outcomes of this standard must include:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training or equivalent

  • Level 2 Safeguarding

  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment. 


With the employer’s approval, the LST could progress onto curriculum/training leadership roles following an adequate period of experience teaching at this level, within the sector. 

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