What is an Apprenticeship?

simon banks animal care apprentice, apprenticeships, kingston maurward collegeBeing an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary. As employees, apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills.

Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply.

Quality is key to Apprenticeships. All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.

Whether you are looking for a job that enables you to carry on learning skills, or you are already in employment and want to gain a further qualification, an Apprenticeship at Kingston Maurward College could be the option for you.

Find out details of all our Apprenticeships in the course search – click here

Who can start an Apprenticeship?

  • Anyone over the age of 16
  • Not taking part in full-time education
  • Resident of the EU for the last 3 years
  • Keen and willing to learn

What are the benefits?

  • Earning a salary
  • Getting paid holidays
  • Receiving training
  • Gaining qualifications
  • Learning job-specific skills

For further guidance, visit the Apprenticeships website at www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.

What types of Apprenticeship are there?

There are over 100,000 employers nationwide offering Apprenticeships and more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships. There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:

1 – Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

2 – Advanced Level Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.

3 – Higher Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

What will I be paid?

Research shows that Apprentices earn, on average, £100,000 more throughout their life than other employees!

All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships.

The minimum salary is £3.70 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.

What do they include?

A competencies qualification – which must be achieved by the apprentice to qualify for an Apprenticeship certificate. This qualification demonstrates competence in performing the skill, trade or occupation.

A technical knowledge qualification – which demonstrates achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and knowledge and understanding of the industry.

Sometimes an Apprenticeship framework may have an integrated qualification which combines competence and technical knowledge elements in which each element is separately assessed.

Either Key Skills (e.g. working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology) or Functional Skills (e.g. Maths and English) qualifications or a GCSE with enhanced content (e.g. Maths and English).

Apprenticeships at Kingston Maurward

For details of all our Apprenticeships, please use the course search or call us on 01305 215215 or email fulltimecourses@kmc.ac.uk

Apprenticeship Training Provider

We are very pleased to announce that we are officially one of the first approved Apprenticeship Training Providers on The Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoAPT)! This means that we will be able to deliver apprenticeship training to employers that will pay the apprenticeship levy, for any existing apprenticeship frameworks and/or new apprenticeships standards that start on or after the 1st May 2017.


We will make sure that you have a mentor at the College. Their job is to ensure that your training fits your personal requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. They will also be there to help you through any difficult times.

The future

Apprentices’ opportunities for career progression are increasing with the expansion of Higher Apprenticeships. Equivalent to degrees, Kingston Maurward is developing more of these specialised and highly skilled Apprenticeships, giving you the chance to continue your professional development.

If you want to go on to University you will find many institutes of Higher Education value your skills and knowledge and will happily offer you a place on a Foundation Degree or other higher level qualifications.

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