It’s Apprenticeship Week  – 6th-10th March 2017!

What’s going on during National Apprenticeship Week?

Monday 6th March 2017

A video of Parks Apprentices talking about their Apprenticeships will be shown at 12.30pm in the Learning Resources Centre

Apprenticeship Information will be available at Parent’s Evening

Tuesday 7th March 2017

One of our Work based Learning Coordinator’s will be attending the Ringwood School’s Apprenticeship event to talk to their students about Apprenticeships

A video of Parks Apprentices talking about their Apprenticeships will be shown at 12.30pm in the Learning Resources Centre

Matthew Reeks from Christchurch and East Dorset Councils will be at KMC talking to Horticulture students about their apprenticeship vacancies

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Darryl Griffiths, Apprenticeships Officer for Dorset CITB, will be at KMC talking to Construction students about their apprenticeship vacancies

A video of Parks Apprentices talking about their Apprenticeships will be shown at 12.30pm in the Learning Resources Centre

Thursday 9th March 2017

A video of Parks Apprentices talking about their Apprenticeships will be shown at 12.30pm in the Learning Resources Centre

Friday 10th March 2017

A video of Parks Apprentices talking about their Apprenticeships will be shown at 12.30pm in the Learning Resources Centre

Testimonial: Apprenticeships from an Employer’s Perspective

Click here to read a testimonial from Chris Moyse of Blueberry Wealth Limited.

Kingston Maurward College offers a broad range of Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships to 16-24 year olds.  Apprentices can gain a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma or NVQ, plus transferable skills and certificates of competence.

We offer Apprenticeships in a huge range of subjects including Customer Service, Retail, Animal Care, Business Administration, Horticulture and Physical Education, and much more – we have Apprenticeships to suit everyone’s interests.

Apprentices work for an employer and attend college for an agreed number of days where they are taught theory and practical skills which they can then bring back to the workplace.

They work a full 37-hour week and are paid a weekly rate in line with national Apprenticeship guidelines. The combination of on and off the job learning ensures the apprentice learns the skills that work best for the business. The employer pays their salary and the government funds their training.

If you’re looking for an apprenticeship, or to expand your workforce, talk to Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester about our huge range of apprenticeship training programmes.

Whatever your requirements Kingston Maurward College has the course for you – full-time further education courses start in September, and Apprenticeships and part-time courses start throughout the year –we also have employers looking for Apprentices for immediate start.

For further information and to visit our beautiful campus, come along to our next Open Morning on the 19th March 2017 from 10am – 1pm and speak face to face with our experienced staff.

Dominic Sorokpud - Arboriculture

Dominic Sorkpud

Dominic Sorokpud – Arboriculture Apprentice

Having completed his Level 2 and level 3 Arboriculture Apprenticeships twenty three year old Dominic Sorokpud is climbing high in his career as an Arborist with employer Arron Giffen in Weymouth.

Award winner Dominic said he thoroughly enjoys being outdoors come rain or shine – there is always something different to see and do and that he can apply his experience to.

Keen to excite others into arboriculture, Dominic said; “If you want to become an arborist approach an employer and start as a labourer and make sure it’s the career for you; impress your employer and do your best – be brave and ask questions.

“This is a fantastic career, it’s physical, there’s an adrenalin rush, it’s always changing, it’s fun, it’s healthy!”

Emma Boyall - Business & Administration


Emma Boyall – Business & Administration Apprentice

After successfully completing her A Levels at Budmouth School, twenty year old Emma Boyall from Dorchester decided to embark on a career with a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Clarkes Windows.

She says she loved going into college once a week, made new friends and improved her business skills with her knowledgeable and supportive tutors.

Apprenticeship Award winner, Emma, said: “My apprenticeship taught me everything I need to know in the office, plus I learned skills on the job , it was exactly what I wanted – I would totally recommend it.”

George Flew - Agriculture

Agriculture Apprenticeship

George Flew – Agriculture Apprentice

Farming fanatic George Flew from Charminster wanted to go straight into the industry after his GCSEs so contacted local farmers for employment and is now working towards his Apprenticeship in Agriculture at Higher Stinsford Farm in Dorchester.

Looking after a herd of 250 cows George says he particularly enjoys the milking process, treatment and calming the animals.

He thoroughly enjoys going to college once a week to catch up with fellow apprentices and credits his tutors for their knowledge and support throughout the apprenticeship.

George will finish his Level 2 apprenticeship in April and will immediately start on the Level 3.

He said: “My apprenticeship has steered me in the right direction and given me a different outlook about agriculture, and how I can use my qualifications in the future.

“Farming is a great lifestyle – it’s not a job it’s a way of life, you can’t go into it half-heartedly! You get rewards every day, and you never know what’s going to happen next.”

Jennifer Griffiths - Animal Care

Animal Care Apprenticeship

Jennifer Griffiths – Animal Care Apprentice

Level 2 Animal Care Apprentice award winner Jenny Griffiths says she always wanted to work with animals but decided to complete her A Levels first and then go into her speciality.

She approached Southern Aquatic and Pets near Poole to secure herself a Saturday job there, and shortly after was offered an apprenticeship with the employer.

Nineteen year old Jenny credits her tutors for their support– and said she thoroughly enjoyed going to the campus once a week due to its beautiful countryside and broad selection of animals to learn from.

She said: “My apprenticeship has made me realise I can look at more options in the work sector, and also that working with animals is definitely what I want to do.”

Eloise Lawson - Business & Administration

Buisness & Admoinistration Apprenticeship

Eloise Lawson – Business & Administration Apprentice

With an appetite for business twenty year old Eloise Lawson from Shillingstone near Blandford has a bright future ahead.

Currently studying towards her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration in the Exams Office at Kingston Maurward College Eloise has high hopes for her career; having already trained as a chef in Plymouth, she decided to study business in order to venture into her own professional catering in a few years’ time.

Currently supplying administrative support including data entry, telephone calls, analyses, invigilation, and assistance with exam co-ordination, she says she has learned lots of new things and seen how a college works from the other side.

She said: “I really didn’t expect to enjoy sitting behind a desk, but I do! Apprenticeships are a learning curve and give you a good background to expand upon; My Business Administration Apprenticeship has given me a broad range of business skills and constantly stretches my mind – I learn new skills every day!”