Meet the team

Our dedicated Business Development Team work with employers to find apprenticeships, set up work experience and support employers with all their training needs.

The experienced team work with a range of local and national businesses, of all sizes. We can offer advice to employers and help deliver the best training to meet your needs, from off-the-shelf packages, to a bespoke course on setting up and supporting an apprenticeship programme. Our training can be delivered at our state-of-the-art facilities or within your own premises.

If you’re looking for an apprenticeship yourself, or to hire an apprentice, we can also help. Our team secures hundreds of exciting apprenticeship roles each year from local and national companies across a wide range of industry sectors who are looking to freshen their workforce and recruit new, local talent. We are here to help you make the most out of an apprenticeship opportunity.

Meet the team

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Paul Edwards

Head of Apprenticeships and Business Development

Dawn Turner

Dawn Turner

Business Development Manager

Mark Connolly

Mark Connolly

Apprenticeship and Subcontracting Manager

Eve Cunningham

Training & Recruitment Coordinator Motor Vehicle, Health and Social Care, Education & Early Years and Teaching

Tamara Heaton

Training & Recruitment Coordinator Engineering and Supply Chain

Issy Rawson

Training & Recruitment Coordinator, Construction, Hair & Beauty and Hospitality & Catering

Nichola Barnes

Training & Recruitment Coordinator Business & Computing

Mark Cooney

Training & Recruitment Coordinator Engineering and Supply Chain

Agata Walon

Training & Recruitment Coordinator, Construction and Science

Katie Battye

Training & Recruitment Coordinator, Business & Computing

Get in Touch

Contact us regarding any apprenticeship related queries by email or telephone; we are here to help you achieve the very best during your time at Kirklees College.

Apprenticeships FAQs

Our team can give you information and advice, help with your CV, keep you up-to-date with current vacancies, forward your CV onto potential employers, help you arrange interviews, work trials and set up mock interviews. You can also email us with your CV, and we can help you develop it.

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

We advertise vacancies on our website and GOV.UK. You can find an apprenticeship on the GOV.UK website, or the C&K Careers: My Directions website.

Employers FAQs

Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to develop new talent, and upskill existing talent. Employers who use apprenticeships to support their training plans often notice a reduction in staff turnover, and an increase in employee loyalty and satisfaction.

Additionally, they can be a more cost-effective way to recruit new staff and make succession plans for the future.

Yes, we have state-of-the-art industry-focused specialist centres, equipment and machinery. A modern conferencing and events facility for business and groups to hire at competitive prices.

Our restaurant Landings 72 is open to the public and available for business lunches or evening events and we can offer your business a bespoke print service for low cost, great quality printing.

We can recruit an apprentice for you, or you can recruit someone yourself. If you would like us to recruit for you, we will: discuss your needs, work with you to create a job description, and advertise your vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service and local careers teams.

All applicants will be screened and interviewed by the college initially. Those meeting your requirements will be selected for you to put through your own interview process.

Our full-time students regularly engage with employers as part of their course, whether that is through work experience, industry placements, career and recruitment fairs, employer visits or tours, guest speakers from industry, or working on live employer briefs.   

It is important to us that our students engage with a range of employers as part of their course, learning important work skills and seeing for themselves the opportunities and careers that are available to them.