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 21st January 2018 from 10am – 12pm and speak face to face with our experienced staff.

Next steps for Apprenticeships

If you have decided you want to study for an apprenticeship, what do you do? The chart below shows what the next step is:

Next steps for Apprenticeships

Please submit your interest to us by completing the form below.

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Animal Conservation and WelfareBusiness and ProfessionalCateringEquineHospitalityOutdoor Adventure

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Apprentice Handbook

Please click for the Apprenticeship Handbook which details how the courses run, how you are assessed within your apprenticeship, student services and learning support that we offer at Kingston Maurward College.

Support and Advice

Click on the link below for more information on how you can receive support if you are struggling to concentrate on your apprenticeship:

Support in an Apprenticeship

How do I find out about Apprenticeship vacancies?

horticulture apprenticeships, kingston maurward college, dorchester, dorset, gardeningWe work with a wide range of employers in the area.  The Government’s Find an Apprenticeship website is an online system whereby employers and colleges advertise and manage vacancies, and potential apprentices can search, apply and then manage their applications for Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships.

To find latest vacancies, please click on the link below:

Advice and Information

The first thing is to give some serious thought about where a qualification could take you in your career – decide on the kind of skills and knowledge that you will need to get ahead. Look at our course search to see what apprenticeship opportunities we can offer at Kingston Maurward College. If you are already employed, you may want to talk to your employer or a colleague to help you with this.
If you would like to speak about Apprenticeships with someone from the college, call the courses helpline on 01305 215215 and choose the option for apprenticeships.

Alternatively, complete an application form for the apprenticeship you are interested in and email/ send to the college and we will invite you in for an interview.

I have a degree – can I do an Apprenticeship?

Yes – but you will not be eligible for funding which means your employer would have to pay your training costs.

What are the entry requirements for an Apprenticeship?

Different Apprenticeships have different entry requirements. Please see our prospectus or individual apprenticeships on the course search for specific entry requirements.

However some key requirements are that:

  • You must be living in England and not taking part in full-time education
  • You must be aged 16 or over
  • You will need to take a literacy and numeracy test.

When can I apply and start an apprenticeship?

You can apply to start an apprenticeship at any time of year. When you begin your training depends upon the availability of a position at an employer.

Do I get to choose where I work?

As with other jobs, you will need to apply for an apprenticeship vacancy and be successful in your application and interview to be offered a position. Accepting a job offer from an employer for an apprenticeship post will be your decision.

I’ve already got a job – can I take an Apprenticeship?

Yes you can, providing your employer where you work agrees to sign up to the training programme.

Do I get paid?

Yes, all employed apprentices are paid at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships and wage rates for roles within the Agricultural sector may differ from the minimum wage.

The apprentice ‘National Minimum Wage’ applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. If you reach age 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship your employer must pay you at least the ‘full National Minimum Wage’ rate for those aged 18 to 20.

For more information including wages please visit

Will I have to pay anything towards my Apprenticeship?

The government will pay for the cost of your training depending on your age (see table below). Any remaining costs would be paid for by your employer.

Age National Apprenticeship Service contribution
16 – 18 up to 100%
19 – 23 up to 50%
24 + A contribution to the cost of the
training if the apprentice is aged 24 or older.

Would I have to pay national insurance?

All employees aged over 16, apprentices must still pay tax and national insurance on their income.

Will I get holidays?

Like other employees, you will be given paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays.