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.

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

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.

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

The minimum salary is £2.60 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more. However the average wage per week for an apprentice is now around £170 and in some job roles around £210 per week.

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

At Kingston Maurward we offer the following Apprenticeships

  • Business and Administration Apprenticeship Level 2
  • Advanced Business and Administration Apprenticeship – Level 3
  • Team Leading Apprenticeship – Level 2
  • Advanced Management Apprenticeship – Level 3
  • Retail Apprenticeship – Level 2
  • Advanced Retail Apprenticeship – Level 3
  • Customer Service Apprenticeship – Level 2
  • Advanced Customer Service Apprenticeship – Level 3
  • Apprenticeship for IT Users
  • Advanced Apprenticeship for IT Users
  • Arboriculture Apprenticeship
  • Forestry Apprenticeship
  • Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship
  • Equine Apprenticeship
  • Amenity Horticulture Apprenticeship
  • Sports Turf Apprenticeship
  • Active Leisure and Learning Apprenticeship (Outdoor Adventure and Sport)
  • Hospitality

Coming Soon!

  • Caretaking
  • Accounts
  • Bookkeeping
  • Construction
  • Plant Operation
  • Playwork
  • Teaching Assistants

For details of all our Apprenticeships, please use the course search or call us on 01305 215215 or email


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

horticulture apprenticeship, kingston maurward college, dorchester, dorsetApprentices’ 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.

Apprenticeship Case Studies

Dominic Sorkpud

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!”


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.”

Agriculture Apprenticeship

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.”

Animal Care Apprenticeship

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.”

Buisness & Admoinistration Apprenticeship

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!”