Kirklees College

Apprentice Teaching Assistant in the Sports and Public Services Team – Kirklees College (Term Time Only)

The post holder will be a member of the Sport and Public Services Team predominantly based at the Waterfront Campus in Huddersfield. You will be supporting staff whilst on outdoor adventure and sports activities, plus much more.

Reference number: VAC1000203810


Wage – £10,158.72 per annum
Duration – 18 months
Start date – As soon as possible
Posted – 31/10/2023

Working Week:

Monday to Friday – working times TBC – 37 hours per week. Term Time Contract.

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

Purpose of the role:

To provide high quality support for all students to achieve outcomes and to ensure progression from college into identified and agreed positive destinations.

Duties and responsibilities:

In the first instance, your duties and responsibilities are listed below including the critical success factors relating to the post. As the needs of the College change, you will be expected to take on or drop responsibilities as directed by your line manager.

Critical Success Factors:

To work alongside classroom tutors to provide appropriate classroom support

  • To support staff whilst on outdoor adventure and sports activities
  • To work alongside the curriculum teams to understand how TLA strategies can be effectively implemented within specific vocational areas
  • To deliver a support services to tutors and students in the Sport and Public Services Department
  • Provide support at outdoor activities and sports competitions

Role Specific Responsibilities:

  • To develop a supportive relationship with the students and develop methods of promoting/reinforcing students’ self-esteem and independence in line with College policy
  • To supervise and assist students during lessons
  • To accompany students on visits and learning exercises that are conducted off offsite where required

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To successfully complete all aspects of the apprenticeship standard in a timely and efficient manner

General duties and responsibilities:

The post holder is required to:

  • Perform their duties in accordance with the College’s Equality Policy, undertaking mandatory training as required by the College
  • Show a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, undertaking mandatory training as required by the college
  • Perform their duties in a manner which respects British values, including individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the College’s values and behaviours of Excellence, Integrity, Equality, Respect, Care, Efficiency and Innovation
  • Ensure the health and safety of all staff and resources within their area(s) of responsibility, i.e., delegated responsibility in relation to the nature of the post holder’s duties and personal responsibilities as per Sections 7 and 8 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Participate in the College’s Performance Management Review Scheme
  • Undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) relevant to their post
  • Demonstrate core competencies as required by the role
  • Demonstrate commitment to the college’s whole organisational approach to improving standards of literacy, numeracy and language
  • Perform any other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time by the Principal and Chief Executive, through the Manager

This list is not exhaustive, and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by the manager that are relevant to your role within the company to meet the overall business needs.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Overview of the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard Level 3:
Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.

The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

The standard covers the following:


  • Understanding how pupils learn and develop Technology
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning
  • Curriculum
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education


  • Developing strategies for support
  • Communication and team work
  • Working with teachers to accurately assess
  • Using technology
  • Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils


  • Building relationships/embracing change
  • Adding value to education
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Professional standards and personal accountability
  • Team working, collaboration/engagement

You will complete an End Point Assessment this will involve the following:
The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Practical observation with questions & answers
    Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence – Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of distinction, pass or fail

As part of your contract of employment, completion of the Apprenticeship Training Programme forms part of your duties as well as helping your personal and professional development.

The requirements to complete the programme are as follows:

  • Attend and be punctual for all induction sessions, lessons and work-based training/support sessions
  • Complete all required assignments by the required timeline
  • Build up your portfolio of evidence on-going
  • Access support from your tutor/assessor and manager, when required

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Whilst there will be no guarantee of a substantive position with the college at the end of the period, the college will guide, support and encourage suitable apprentices to apply for appropriate vacancies as and when they arise. The college has a very good record of supporting workers through in-house apprenticeships and many apprentices have secured employment with the college beyond their apprenticeship.

Things to consider

The wage is £5.28 per hour. The rate of pay will increase after 1 year.

Term Time Only.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills
IT skills
Attention to detail
Organisation skills
Customer care skills
Problem solving skills
Presentation skills
Administrative skills
Analytical skills
Team working
Non judgemental
Excellent timekeeping and attendance


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4 or above) essential. GCSE or equivalent ICT (Grade 4 or above) essential. ICT is desirable. A BTEC or equivalent in Sport Level 2 or 3 (Pass, Merit or Distinction) is desirable.

About the employer

Kirklees College

Waterfront Quarter, Manchester Road, Huddersfield HD1 3HH
Kirklees College is uniquely vocational and offers a wide range of 16-18, higher education and adult courses taught by industry experienced tutors to provide learners with hands-on experience in their chosen career path. As well as full-time and part-time study programmes, Kirklees College is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the UK. Each year, we train over 1,000 apprentices in 30 occupational areas. Kirklees College is committed to serving the local communities and businesses throughout the Kirklees region, working with over 1,000 employers around West Yorkshire. Kirklees College welcomes all students who want to learn. The college has a common set of key values for both students and staff that are at the heart of everything we do. The values define who we are and how we behave and interact with each other making Kirklees College a vibrant, inclusive, educational experience.
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Closing date: 29 November 2023