Apprenticeships allow you to learn the right skills, gain great work experience and earn a wage.  We train approximately 2,000 apprentices over 30 occupational areas. Our apprentices are employed at over 1,000 companies throughout West Yorkshire.

About Apprenticeships

The current National Minimum Wage rate for all apprentices under 19, and apprentices 19+ that are in their first year of their Apprenticeship, is £4.15 per hour.

You will normally work around 30 hours per week, and no more than 40 hours (if you are under 18), 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.

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of apprentices stay with the same employer after completing the apprenticeship

9 out of 10

employers said apprentices had delivered benefits to their business


of apprentices in work felt their apprenticeship had a positive impact on their career


of apprentices were satisfied with the relevance of their training

“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

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.”

Rosie Melia

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.

Teacher Education

Are you interested in a career or want to upskill in teaching?

We offer several courses that can help you achieve your goal.

Boost your chances of a career in teaching (lifelong learning) or upskill with a professional course at Kirklees College.


Kirklees College were the talk of the town as they took over the John Smith's Stadium for the annual Student Takeover Game.

Kirklees College Mechanical Engineering apprentice celebrates student excellence win.

Apprenticeships in the spotlight at Solenis apprenticeship event

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