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Apprenticeships in Kent

MidKent College offers intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeships in Kent for those who want to earn while they learn.

Apprenticeships are a great way of learning new skills and improving your knowledge and experience in an industry sector. You'll spend more of your time experiencing hands-on training in your workplace while generally one day a week you'll be at College learning the vital theory that you can put into practice straight away. English and maths will also be a part of your study programme, at a level that is suitable to you.

Your tutors are all industry professionals, and we work with local and national businesses to ensure that the knowledge and skills you learn are up-to-date, and the quality expected in your industry of choice.

MidKent College is an approved provider of apprenticeships by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).*

Apprenticeship levels

There are three levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate level apprenticeship (level 2); equivalent to GCSE
  • Advanced level apprenticeship (level 3); equivalent to A level
  • Higher level apprenticeship (level 4); equivalent to a certificate of higher education (CertHE).

The core components for intermediate and advanced apprenticeships are:

  • A nationally recognised technical and professional skills qualification
  • A technical or knowledge based qualification (relevant to the specific apprenticeship)
  • Functional Skills or GCSEs, eg English, maths and ICT
  • Other professional qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular industry.

The core components for higher apprenticeships include the components of intermediate and advanced apprenticeships, but exclude the Functional Skills element.

We can match you to the most suitable level depending on your existing qualifications and experience.

Why do I have to study English and maths?

These are core subjects that our employers, no matter the industry or trade, will be looking for in potential employees. They want to know that you have the key skills needed to fit the role which could involve calculating invoices to communicating with clients or measuring the materials you'll need on-site.

What can I do afterwards?

An apprenticeship provides you with the required skills, knowledge and qualifications to prove to your potential, or existing, employer that you're knowledgeable and committed and you've got the key skills they're looking for.

Alternatively, you can specialise within your industry by continuing your education with higher level qualifications.

Pay and benefits

Employers are expected to pay their apprentices at the very least the National Minimum Wage and ensure they're on the PAYE and National Insurance systems.

Employers must provide their apprentices with a contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Contracted hours should include attendance at College for which the apprentice must be paid.

Apprentices are entitled to at least 20 days of paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

You will be entitled to the same benefits as other employees within the company which could include pension contributions, leisure facilities access, uniform allowance and expenses.

Apprenticeship funding

The government will provide financial help for young people who started their apprenticeship aged 16 to 18 by paying the full cost of their training. For apprentices aged 19+, your employer will be expected to contribute to the cost of your training.

If you're aged 24+, you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of your training. If you're unable to do so, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan or Advanced Learner Loan Bursary, which can help to cover some of the costs of studying, childcare and travel. Find out more information here.

The amount of funding that you are entitled to is dependent on the particular apprenticeship, your employer and your circumstances.

Apprenticeship opportunities at MidKent College

How to apply for an apprenticeship

Have a look through the different apprenticeship programmes available to you by clicking the links above. Here you'll find more specific information about your industry, and links for you to apply for an apprenticeship.

Further information: The government's Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships

Local apprenticeships vacancies

We can help to match you to your ideal employer, if you currently don't have one to sponsor your apprenticeship. Have a look through all of our current apprenticeship vacancies from a whole range of different industries, in areas across Maidstone and Medway. You'll also find information about who they're looking for, day-to-day tasks and the pay that will be included.

Our location

We have two campuses in Kent - for information about our Maidstone Campus please click here, and for more information about Gillingham.

Contact us

Looking to become an apprentice? 

Phone the JobShop on 01634 383322 or send them an email.

Thinking of recruiting an apprentice?

Phone our employer engagement team on 01622 624900 or send them an email.


*The ESFA is committed to providing funding for the education and training sector; regulating academies, further education colleges, employers and training providers; and also delivering major projects and operate key services within the sector.