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Languages apprenticeships might involve translation or interpretation (two very different things!) - but either way, you'll need fluency in the language you're pursuing a career in. Relevant opportunities are featured on TheBigChoice.

How to get a Language Teaching Apprenticeship - Career Advice
How much can I earn as a Teaching Language Apprentice?
A teacher just beginning their career will earn a minimum of £22,476 (£28,098 in inner London), and their salary can increase to over £30,000 relatively quickly. The average salary for teachers in the UK, including language teachers, is £31,000. Those working in inner city or private schools traditionally earn a higher amount than the majority of teachers.
What qualifications do I need to be a Teaching Language Apprentice?
To work as a languages teacher you will need to have a degree in the language that you want to teach. You should make sure you get there by first studying the language at A-Level, and ensuring that you get a high enough grade to be accepted to a university course of your choice in that language. Many of those pursing languages as a career take more than one language at A-Level.
What skills do I need to be a Teaching Language Apprentice?
People with all different kinds of personalities can be amazing teachers, but there are a few key skills you'll need. These include patience when dealing with difficult students, tact in dealing with tricky situations and an ability to build relationships easily. You'll also need loads of passion for what you do - this is how you'll get your class excited and engaged in what they're learning.

When working in education, in whatever sector or role, you will be in a position of responsibility and will be looked up to by those that you are teaching. For this reason, the skills required by teachers are similar across the board. Skills typically required by teachers in all fields include:
  • Patience
  • Good organisation
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Confidence
  • Tact
It goes without saying that you will also need to be fluent in the language that you are teaching.
What experience do I need to get a job in Teaching Language Apprenticeship?
Work experience is essential if you want to become a languages teacher, to gain practical experience as well as to ensure that this is the area you want to pursue as your career. Schools are often very open to volunteers coming in to shadow teachers or help out in the classroom, so see if you can do this at a local school. You may need to complete a CRB check to ensure that you can work with children before your placement begins.