Apprentice Achievements

Learning and Skills Teacher

Education, Children & Young People

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.

The LST apprenticeship requires development of the following professional behaviours, skills and knowledge:

Professional behaviours. The Learning and Skills Teacher will:

Operate at all times to ethical and legal standards and within professional boundaries

Value diversity and actively promote equality of opportunity and inclusion

Be resilient and adaptable when dealing with challenge and change, maintaining focus and self-control

Promote a passion for learning and high expectations of all learners

Model exemplary communication skills with learners and in all professional relationships

Be a role model for the effective use of current, digital and mobile technologies in support of teaching and learning

Underpin their practice by reference to professional standards and evidence-based teaching and learning

The Learning and Skills Teacher will be able to: The Learning and Skills Teacher will understand:

Plan learning to:

Principles of effective programme design

S1 meet programme requirements and deliver learning outcomes in a realistic context

K1 how to organise and combine syllabus outcomes into meaningful/realistic learning opportunities

S2 ensure that learning activities are authentic in relation to workplace practice

K2 current and emerging workplace practice

S3 encourage learners to develop:

autonomy and resilience

personal and interpersonal effectiveness

social awareness and respect for others

essential employability skills

K3 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

Design and deliver learning sessions and activities to:

Principles of effective learning

S4 engage learners to establish standards of behaviour, mutual respect and safe working

K4 how to engage learners in maintaining ground-rules for safe and effective learning

S5 avoid and overcome unfair disadvantage and barriers to learning

K5 the causes of unfair disadvantage and barriers to learning, and ways to overcome them

S6 develop mathematics and English skills necessary for vocational achievement

K6 mathematics and English in the vocational context and opportunities and support for their development

S7 actively engage and inspire all learners and encourage them to set challenging goals

K7 how to ensure that learning activities actively engage and challenge all learners

S8 use resources that are inclusive and add value to learners’ development

K8 when best to use learning resources to support learners without excluding others

S9 use digital and mobile technologies in ways that are safe and support effective learning

K9 current and emerging learning technologies and how they can be used safely and effectively

Facilitate individualised learning through:

Principles of individualised (differentiated) learning

S10 access to up-to-date information, advice and guidance

K10 sources of current information, advice and guidance

S11 reference to initial and diagnostic assessment of learners’ needs obtained at the start of and throughout the learner’s journey K11 effective use of initial and diagnostic assessment and their application at the start of or during a programme

S12 varied learning activities that naturally allow all learners to contribute K12 ways for learners to develop or acquire skills and knowledge individually or as part of a team-based task

S13 facilitate regular 360° feedback that empowers learners in their own development K13 how to involve learners in understanding their own progress, and updating their learning records and plans

S14 regular formative assessment processes and updated individual learning plans K4 valid processes of Assessment for Learning and ways to ensure that ILPs support the entire learning journey

S15 coaching (or referral) of learners’ to address unhelpful behaviours or viewpoints K15 recognised coaching techniques and the circumstances in which referral may be necessary

S16 collaboration with relevant colleagues and professionals to support individual action plans K16 how and where to access support for learners in achieving agreed developmental targets

Quality assure outcomes for learners through: Quality assurance within the education context

S17 compliance with internal and external regulations, legislation and guidance in respect of:

teaching, learning and assessment

recording, storing and sharing information relating to learners and learning

the physical and psychological safety of all learners

K17 the requirements and implications of:

organisational policies and procedures

OFSTED Common Inspection Framework

awarding organisations

funding agencies

legislation (e.g. equalities and safeguarding)

S18 seeking feedback from learners, colleagues and relevant others to support quality improvements in teaching and learning K18 effective methods of securing valid feedback from stakeholders (e.g. learners, colleagues, employers) to support improvements, and how to triangulate feedback from a range of relevant sources

S19 continually updating their own knowledge and skills as a teaching professional and a subject specialist K19 ways to access personal and professional development and to maintain vocational currency

S20 using aggregated assessment data to review and develop own and others’ practice and to report emerging gaps in progression and achievement amongst groups of learners

K20 the use of aggregated assessment data to inform personal and professional development and to identify and report gaps in progress for groups of learners

S21 supporting organisational development and quality improvement interventions

K21 organisational, collaborative quality improvement strategies

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

Reference to the Education and Training Foundation’s (2016) Minimum Core Guidance, and any subsequent updates.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.


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.

All the above outcomes must be achieved before the end-point assessment.

Duration: 24 months

Apply Now

*The course duration is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off. It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions


Your Details

Our Partners

We are proud to support and work with a wide range of employers across the UK.

Axgro Foods
Hatzfield Care
Absolute Warehouse Services
BBF Limited
AM Fresh
Action 4 Care
A-Triangle Care
Bassett Law
Aston Manor