Gain a qualification while you work

We offer the best range of work-based opportunities across Kirklees and Calderdale, with around 2000 apprentices working for over 1,000 employers.

Gain a qualification while you work

An Apprenticeship is the perfect way to gain a qualification while you work.

Kirklees College offers the widest range of work-based learning opportunities across Calderdale and Kirklees.

Kirklees College also boasts approximately 2000 apprentices across 30 occupational areas, with all of our apprentices employed and working in over 1000 companies throughout the Kirklees and Calderdale regions.

An Apprenticeship allows you to learn valuable skills whilst getting valuable experience in the work place, as well as earning a wage.

The current National Minimum Wage rate for all apprentices under 19, and apprentices 19+ that are in their first year of their Apprenticeship, is £3.30 per hour.

You will work a minimum of 30 hours per week, and no more than 40 hours, which includes any training time at college (off the job) as well as on the job with your employer.

You must be paid for all the time you spend training, regardless of whether it’s at college or on the job.

Apprentices are also not required to pay any course fees, however,  you may be required to buy course books, tools, equipment, uniform or other items needed for your course/job, depending on your Apprenticeship.

Without my tutors I wouldn't be here, now that I have learnt the skills I need for my trade.

Richard Wilson
Course: Brickwork Level 3

The best part of the course is that you get realistic work experience in a company while you study and without college I wouldn’t have my job at Bogwarner Turbo Systems in Bradford.

Chris Hepworth
Course: Engineering Level 3

I have had ‘dead-end’ jobs since school. I was sitting in a call centre thinking why am I here? I decided it was time to make a change. I enrolled at Kirklees College and have never looked back.
I've really surprised myself and can’t wait to see what the future holds, there are so many opportunities.

Rosie Melia
Course: Motor Vehicle Level 2


Not ready for an Apprenticeship? No problem get work ready with Kirklees College!

We offer Traineeships for people looking for a hands on approach to their studies.

We can help you to prepare for an Apprenticeship, full time course and even full time employment with our Traineeships scheme.



Kirklees College declared its Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC) open last week with over 60 project partners, local MPs, apprentices and its main funder, Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) attending a celebratory event.

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Kirklees College Deputy Principal June Durrant has stepped up to Acting Principal following the retirement of Peter McCann.

BASF warehousing apprentice Toby Crawshaw starts a two-year ‘quality’ warehousing Apprenticeship while former process manufacturing apprentice Reece Connolly wins company award.

Kirklees College is looking for employers in Colne Valley and Holme Valley to offer engineering Apprenticeships.

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