For you, the apprentice

Apprenticeships can offer you the chance to leave school at 16 and go straight into work, although you can start an apprenticeship at any age. This means that you can earn a wage, while working and gaining real on-the-job experience.

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.

How an apprenticeship works:

You will need to be employed or have a firm offer of employment with a contract of employment (PAYE), to be able to start apprenticeship training. Once you have the offer of an apprenticeship, we can discuss your training needs with you and your employer - call us on 01322 629400 or email apprentices@northkent.ac.uk

Search our apprenticeship vacancies here, or visit the National Apprenticeship Service website: www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide 

Benefits of being an apprentice:

  • Earn a salary
  • Receive training
  • Gain qualifications
  • Learn job-specific skills
  • Get paid holidays

Progress your career

You’ll be one step ahead in your career, because you’ll already know the job and have experience!

Gain sought after qualifications

Apprenticeships are highly recognised by employers, because you’ll already have the experience that they need. Not only that, but you'll gain a nationally recognised qualification, so you can progress to other levels as you qualify. A higher apprenticeship is the equivalent of a Foundation Degree for example.

Learn job specific skills

You’ll be learning the job alongside professionals, which will help you to learn your skills from qualified, experienced workers.

Earn a salary

The average wage for an apprentice is around £170 - £210 per week. Apprenticeship pay depends on the National Minimum Wage. From April 2017 this is £3.50 per hour for under 18s and in the first year of an apprenticeship. This rises as you reach 18 and you progress into the second year and so on. For example a 22 year old apprentice in their 2nd year would be paid a minimum of £7.05 per hour (April 2017). The National Minimum Wage changes frequently, so check out the Government website for current information.

We offer three types of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate Level 2 - this is equivalent to five A* to Cs at GCSE
  • Advanced Level 3 - this is equivalent to two A Levels
  • Higher Level 4 & 5 - this is equivalent to an HND or Foundation Degree