What will the apprentice be doing?
- To plan and implement programmes of support to pupils with support and under the direction of the Speech and Language Therapy team, to promote development of communication, language, speech skills and eating and drinking (with training) for pupils.
- To conduct therapy activities independently in 1:1 and group-based sessions, under the direction of the Speech and Language Therapist e.g. play skills, Lis'n tell Live inclusive storytelling, Intensive Interaction, Lego therapy etc
- To support the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems across the school through modelling and training to staff e.g. switches, communication books, powered devices, signing, visuals within the classroom.
- To assist the SLTs in assessments, such as taking observations of children's communication skills e.g. social communication, play, attention, understanding, language and speech.
- To contribute to clinical teams both multi-disciplinary and uni-disciplinary by discussing own and others input around children's needs (this may include attendance at meetings).
- To demonstrate empathy and adapt practice with pupils, carers, families and colleagues from linguistic and cultural minority groups ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist
- To ensure that children, families and carers are involved in the planning of appropriate activities wherever possible.
- To provide advice to other staff and to liaise with the sensory team regarding needs of the pupils.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
- To complete the 4 year speech and language therapy apprenticeship programme. This consists of a 2 year Healthcare assistant practitioner qualification followed by an additional 2 year Speech and Language Therapy degree apprenticeship. After the 4 years you will be a qualified speech and language therapist.
- You will work day to day within the school as a SLT assistant and you will be provided leave to attend the University of Essex for your course. (Upto 2 days a week). You will be working closely with the current full time Specialist Support and Therapy Team Lead and Specialist SLTs who will provide support and supervision.
- The training includes some block placements.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
- You will work for a minimum of 2 years for the Academy after qualifying.
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 - 9 or A* - C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 - 9 or A* - C) Essential
A Level or equivalent relevant subject (Grade A* - E) Essential