300 North does a lot of work in the education sector providing recruitment solutions for schools, colleges, universities and their service providers. Our CEO Paul Connolly used to be a teacher many years ago and subsequently recruited teachers, and is therefore passionate about helping the sector. As a result, 300 North is working to provide training & recruitment solutions for the education sector:

  • Free recruitment for part-time temporary to full-time permanent vacancies
  • Free Levy Management to ensure maximum benefit from your funds
  • In-house training to develop your existing work-force
  • Blended learning approach including access to world-class online training


As your business partner

300 North are an ambitious business that works with employers to provide apprenticeship training based on three fundamental principles:

  1. It makes a measurable difference to your school
  2. It is aligned to your values and objectives
  3. It is created in partnership


As your Trainer

300 North is a fantastic company to continue your education journey with. Distance learning, work based learning, apprenticeships or skills training, we cater to every individual’s learning needs

  • Since 2018, 99% of our learners are happy with the quality of teaching and resources we provide.
  • We have an outstanding 91% qualification completion and success rate.
  • Since 2018, we have delivered over 3,800 qualifications to people in the education sector and helped nearly 1000 people move into jobs




Whether you are looking to discover new talent or already have the ideal team in place, ongoing apprenticeship training ensures your workforce have the skills and confidence to succeed.


Teacher training: how to use the apprenticeship levy

Apprenticeships are a form of study where candidates aged 16 and upwards combine working ‘on the job’ and studying to gain the relevant skills and knowledge base for a particular sector-focused job.

Since 2017, the government has been promoting this as a great option for young people, being significantly less expensive than university (candidates can earn while they learn rather than pay fees) while also equipping young people with the practical skills required for the workforce.

The teacher recruitment and retention crisis has been well documented, with the Department for Education reporting that the ratio of qualified teachers to pupils has increased from 17.8 in 2011 to 18.9 in 2018. Many ideas have been put forward as the best solution to meet this challenge: increasingly, using the apprenticeship route to train teachers is perceived as the best way to grow the UK’s teaching workforce for both schools and teacher trainees.


What is the apprenticeship levy?

Employers looking to train and assess an apprentice are eligible for government funding.

The apprenticeship levy is a UK tax on employers used to fund apprenticeship training, announced in the July 2015 budget, applicable to all employers with a payroll exceeding £3 million.

Employers that pay into the apprenticeship levy and who set up an apprenticeship service account will be able to use up to £9,000 of funding from this account to cover the cost of training and assessing the apprentice.

Accessing the apprenticeship levy is a budget-friendly opportunity for schools to ‘grow their own’ teachers and school staff in the midst of a severe recruitment and retention crisis: just 84.7% of those teachers who qualified in 2017 were still working in the sector after twelve months.

Using the levy to fund apprenticeships is also an invaluable solution to the high costs associated with teacher recruitment, with the average cost of recruiting a teacher £3,000 and some agency’ ‘finder’s fees’ costing as much as £10,000.

With these persistent education workforce recruitment and retention issues, it is vital that new routes into teaching are explored and funding is fully utilised.

Robyn Johnstone, CEO of teacher recruitment and retention specialist Education Placement Group, strongly believes more schools should consider signing up for teaching apprenticeship programmes. She says that “when schools have to count every penny, growing teachers organically through a funded programme makes a lot of sense. Growing your own teachers is a step change for Headteachers nationwide who are looking to fulfil their staffing requirements in a climate where numbers of NQTs are falling and qualified teachers are leaving the profession.”


The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme

  • Graduates are employed by the school for a minimum of 12 months during their Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  • After nine months, they achieve Qualified Teacher Status and complete End-Point Assessment to pass the apprenticeship
  • Graduates have the option to integrate the PGCE with TAP
  • Apprenticeship Training is delivered by a Department for Education approved ITT trainer
  • Trainee teachers are paid in line with the unqualified teacher salary scale starting at £21,641 in Inner London and £17,208 across the rest of the country



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