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Teacher Apprentice Program

The Nova Pioneer Apprentice Teacher Program is a highly competitive teacher preparation program. Through hands-on experience in Nova Pioneer schools, mentorship, and tailored professional development, Apprentices develop the skills necessary for leading high-achieving classrooms. After completing the program and their studies, Apprentices are great candidates for full-time positions at Nova Pioneer and are very strongly considered for teaching roles that would begin after completion of their studies.

The apprentice program is 1-2 years in length depending on where you are in your studies and your progression toward competency in the Nova Pioneer teaching approach.

About Nova Pioneer

Imagine a world in which every young person across Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century. A school that cares about individual students and allows them to explore the world around them. A school that focuses more on developing skills than on memorizing content. At Nova Pioneer, we have done more than just imagine this future, we are bringing it to life. Nova Pioneer is a pan-African, independent network of schools offering high quality, accessible education from pre-primary through secondary school. Nova Pioneer uses a unique, enquiry-based learning approach that encourages students to ask “why” instead of telling them the “what”. It allows them to form their own thinking through exploration, investigation and collaboration. Nova Pioneer currently has 6 schools in South Africa and Kenya with a vision to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students across the African continent in the next decade. To learn more visit www.novapioneer.com.

Responsibilities of apprentice teachers:

  • Work collaboratively with resident teacher to deliver impactful and engaging enquiry-based lessons
  • Fully participate in opportunities for professional growth including daily team meetings and reflections, weekly professional development meetings, instructional coaching, and organisation wide learning and reflection
  • Work collaboratively with the resident teacher to conduct ongoing assessment of student progress. Use assessment data to adjust instructional content and delivery techniques accordingly
  • Infuse joy and passion for learning into lessons so that students are excited about and invested in their academic excellence
  • Help to set and communicate rigorous and ambitious goals for all students and provide student feedback so they internalize it
  • Attend weekly feedback meetings with resident teachers and Deans to enhance teaching practices
  • Participate in a variety of collaborative teams and committees, fulfil supervision duties as assigned including some morning, evening and weekend events

About You

Skills and Qualifications required:

  • We are looking for aspiring teachers who have recently qualified as a teacher or are pursuing one of the following teacher qualifications:
    • A Bachelor’s degree in Education (students studying a part-time BEd will be eligible to participate in the apprentice program only in their final two years of study)
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • At least provisionally SACE registered
  • You want to build up your teaching practice in an environment that pushes the boundaries when it comes to education and learning
  • You have a growing love for teaching and care deeply about the success of each and every student
  • You have an understanding of and passion for enquiry based, student-centered learning
  • You are a team player and you enjoy group problem solving
  • You are adept at using technology for instruction

More about the program:

The apprenticeship offers a competitive stipend as well as study and examination leave. Apprentices will participate in professional development review points throughout the year and will be assessed against Nova Pioneer’s Career Pathways Competency framework. They must meet the prescribed requirements and may be offered a permanent position if i) a position is available and ii) if they have met the competency requirements to be a resident teacher.

How to Apply:

Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply now!

To apply, please complete the form on the right hand side of this page. We cannot process applications that are emailed to us.

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Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified. Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews. 

Working at Nova Pioneer

Nova Pioneer is a place where our people experience tremendous growth, fast! We invest heavily in the growth of our people because it leads to greater mastery in both us and our students. “Novaneers” work harder and work longer hours than most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing personal development and provide clear career pathways that ensure that our people are always achieving their personal and professional best. Nova Pioneer has a highly energetic, entrepreneurial environment where our people get to bring their creative and innovative ideas to life. We look for people who are flexible and who are able to adapt and respond quickly to adversity with a positive, can-do attitude (there are no problems, only solutions!). We welcome challenges and roll with the punches because it makes us, and our students, better. There is no problem too big for us! We work hard but we also have a lot of fun together. We bring infectious energy and enthusiasm to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning. Read more about our culture principles here.

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