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National Apprenticeship Week at Kirklees College

Look back at how we celebrated National Apprenticeship Week. As part of this year’s theme ‘Build the Future’, the college showcased how Apprenticeships have helped employers and people of all ages and backgrounds across Kirklees.

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 £4.81 per hour

Learn in the workplace and classes

View Our Apprenticeship Guide

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Featured Vacancies

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

The Body Doctor

Accounts Apprentice at The Body Doctor

Level 2

Accounting Duties:   Processing payments over the telephone for trade and general public …

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Closing date
31 7 2022
Vitrition UK Ltd

Business Administration Apprentice – Business Support at Vitrition UK Ltd

Level 3

Vitrition UK LTD Specialises in the formulation and manufacture of liquid and powder …

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Customer Service Apprentice – Care Representative at Absorb

Level 2

Abzorb aims to be the best in the industry – to provide a …

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Closing date
04/08/2022 - to apply please send CV to

Customer Service Apprentice – Technical Support at Abzorb

Level 2

Abzorb aims to be the best in the industry – to provide a …

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Closing date
04/08/2022- To apply please send CV to

Meet The 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, how to apply and secure employment to continue your development in your chosen field.

NEW Power-Up Traineeship Programme

Are you 16 – 24 and looking to access employment? Join the new 12 week Power Up Programme to learn valuable skills and gain a recognised qualification. We currently have traineeship opportunities in the Business, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality & Catering. Motor Vehicle and Plastering sectors.

Build the Future with Kirklees College

Kirklees College is one of the leading Apprenticeship providers in the UK

Our apprentices are employed at over 1,000 companies throughout West Yorkshire

Each year we train over 1,000 apprentices in over 30 occupational areas

Apprentice Case Studies

Find out what Kirklees College students have to say about their experiences as an apprentice.

Everything you need to know

A work-based training programme which leads to nationally recognised qualifications. You will learn specialist skills relevant to a spefiic profession 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, and 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 must have received an Apprenticeship course offer from the college and secured suitable employment.

The current Apprenticeship Minimum Wage is £4.81 per hour. Some employers pay more so please check the details of any vacancies. All apprentices are paid by the employers for the time spent at work and 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 could 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. Register for a specific vacancy. 
  3. Apply directly to a company.

Make sure that you have a CV ready. If you are proactive in searching for employment, then the 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.

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 and 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.

Apprentice Video Case Studies

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Introducing three of our amazing apprentices working at Accu, as they explain how taking the apprenticeship route has supported their career development.

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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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Josh studied towards his Engineering Apprenticeship with Kirklees College and is now flying high, working for the company who supported him throughout his apprenticeship.



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William studied his mechanical engineering apprenticeship with Kirklees College and now works for Trillium Flow Technologies. Hear about his experience in the industry.

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

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Jessica has undertaken a Hairdressing Apprenticeship. 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.


Hairdressing, 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. This 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.


Studying Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner Apprenticeship at Kautex Textron (UK) Ltd

I wanted to get into the world of work rather than continuing in the class room full time. An apprenticeship allowed me to achieve this and gain further qualifications at the same time. As an apprentice you get all three things you need for a great start to a career – experience, qualifications and money. It’s a brilliant choice.