Fire It Up

About Apprenticeships

Whether you’re an employer or a potential apprentice, the benefits of an NKC apprenticeship programme can be far-reaching and have a positive effect on all involved.

Apprenticeships can offer you the chance to leave school at 16 and go straight into work, or improve your skills if you're already in work.

We have been offering a wide range of apprenticeships, work-based training and qualifications for more than 20 years and our reputation for providing flexible, good quality training is supported by local organisations that work closely with us.

Fire It Up

The Government has identified apprenticeships as a huge growth area for training young people directly after GCSEs and for up-skilling existing staff at any age also. They are heavily promoting apprenticeships through their Fire It Up campaign which has led to increased demand for apprentices across a variety of trades and skills.


If you’re a school-leaver, apprenticeships can offer you the chance to leave school at 16 and go straight into work so you can earn while you learn. You'll gain valuable skills to start your career, both on the job and from trained professionals in the workplace.

Many young people leave school or university without any real work experience. An apprenticeship gives you the experience that employers need, it improves your employability, and makes you an ideal candidate for employers when they’re looking for newly qualified and skilled staff.


You can start an apprenticeship at any age, not just 16, and with any level of qualifications. If you’re already in a job, changing to an apprenticeship programme with your employer can help you develop your skills and increase your chances of promotion and career progression.

If you have qualifications above GCSEs, you may be able to start an advanced or higher level apprenticeship, depending on the apprenticeship and the job role.

Potential apprentices - Find out more

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Or call our Apprenticeships Team on 01322 629400 or email


To search apprenticeship vacancies, visit apprenticeship vacancies or visit the National Apprenticeship Service website:


If you need advice on how to recruit and train an apprentice, information about the new Apprenticeship Levy or how to move existing employees onto apprenticeship programmes, please email us  or call us on 01322 629400 and we can help you through the process.

Locations across Kent and Medway

We have modern, easily accessible locations, in Dartford, Gravesend, Medway and Maidstone for delivering apprenticeship training.

Our award winning state of the art facilities also host many of our commercial and short courses, ensuring that you benefit from learning in some of the finest training environments in the South East. We also deliver training and courses in your workplace.

Employers - Contact one of our business advisers today for a no-obligation meeting to discuss your apprenticeships or staff development needs on 01322 629400 or leave your details on the Skills Hub here