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The core facts about Apprenticeships:

There's no age limit

Maximum 40 hours paid employment per week if you are under 18

Apprentices are not required to pay course fees

Minimum wage for an Apprentice under 19, or 19+ in their first year, is £4.15

Learn in the workplace and classes

Are you an employer looking to offer an Apprenticeship?

Featured Vacancies

We have a large number of apprenticeship vacancies just waiting for you. If you are looking to learn while you work then an apprenticeship could be perfect for you.

Commis Chef Apprentice

Level 2

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is passionate about food and …

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Closing date
02 August 2020
The Ford Inn

Level 2 Commis Chef

Level 2

Vacancy Description Duties will include: Preparation of vegetables, salads, starters, soups, sauces, Plating …

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Closing date
09 August 2020

Meet our Apprenticeship Team

Our dedicated team is here to guide you as your take your next steps to an exciting and professional career. They will help you understand the process and requirements of an apprenticeship, how to apply and secure the employment needed to continue your development in your chosen field.

Featured Vacancies

By becoming an apprentice, you will arm yourself with qualifications, gain valuable work experience and earn a wage.

Alongside your Apprenticeship college offer, you will need to secure employment and we can help. We are proud of our strong links with the local business community, who actively support our Apprenticeship Programmes.

As a result of that partnership, we can offer you access to a wide variety of vacancies available across a diverse range of industry sectors. Your future starts here.

Meet our Apprenticeships Team

Our dedicated team is here to guide you as you take your next steps to an exciting and professional career. They will help you understand the process and requirements of an Apprenticeship, how to apply and secure the employment needed to continue your development in your chosen field.

Everything you need to know

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. You will learn specialist skills relevant to the area you want to work in whilst earning a wage.

Studying an Apprenticeship allows you to earn while you learn. You will usually work full-time and attend college one day a week however, each Apprenticeship is different.

All Apprenticeships require 20% off the job training, in most cases, this is delivered at college. The Apprenticeship programme you choose will determine how often you come to college. This can range from one day per week to attending college for up to a 30-week block period.

To start an Apprenticeship you need to have received an Apprenticeship course offer from the college and have also secured suitable employment.

The current Apprenticeship Minimum Wage is £4.15 per hour (April 2020). Some employers pay more so please check the details of any vacancy you apply for. All apprentices are paid by the employers for all time spent at work and also at college.

When you have finished your Apprenticeship there are a number of opportunities such as progression on to another or a higher-level apprenticeship, you could be offered a permanent contract, your achievement will allow you to look for another job if you do not wish to stay with your current employer or you may be able to apply for university.

No, you can start an Apprenticeship at any age.

Some Apprenticeships allow you to start at any time of the year while some only start in September.

The three main ways to apply are:


  1. apply to college in a subject area,
  2. apply for a specific vacancy or,
  3. apply directly to a company.

Make sure that you have a CV ready. If you are proactive in searching for employment college will also help.

At your college interview, you can be offered both the Apprenticeship programme and the equivalent full-time course if required. This means if you don’t manage to secure suitable employment to start an Apprenticeship you can start a full-time course with us.

An Apprenticeship is classed as full-time employment and the minimum hours is 30 per week. This varies from each employer so please check the shifts and hours before applying.

We’re always here to support you

We are committed to supporting you during your time at Kirklees College. We want you to have a fulfilling experience and achieve your very best. To help us to do that we encourage you can talk to us about anything, from learning support to advice on future employment and careers. We’re here to support you.

You are at the heart of Kirklees College

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Tyler Roberts started his Apprenticeship journey in 2016 by successfully completing an Entry-Level Motor Vehicle course at Kirklees College.

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Laura studied with Kirklees College on an Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing at Marshalls. Laura demonstrates how positive a change in career can be later in life.

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Jessica is currently embarking on her Hairdressing Apprenticeship with Kirklees College. Find out why she chose the Apprenticeship route and what advice she would give to others considering this pathway.

Case Studies


Plumbing, Level 2

I’m most proud of gaining an apprenticeship and doing well in my practical and theory classes. I’ve learnt how to fit and install bathrooms and maintain central heating systems. The apprenticeship provides a lot of variety and you learn a lot through a mixture of theory and practical.


Hair Dressing, Level 2

I chose an Apprenticeship because you get the real experience of working in a salon and the facilities at college are very professional. The college has a really homely feel to it and when you go in you feel like you belong there. The tutors support you all the way and they want you to succeed.