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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of getting work-based training. You'll do real jobs for real employers, training on the job and earning while you learn. Contact us for advice or start searching now.

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Visit the ApprenticeKent website for information about apprenticeships and a range of vacancies.

Visit the Ambassadors Network page for information about what ambassador's do.

Visit the Kent Employment Programme (KEP) page for information about this programme.

Visit the Apprenticeships in schools page to find out information about taking on an apprentice in a school.

Advice and support

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over 16, whether you're leaving school, want to start a new career or are moving into a new role with your existing employer that requires new skills.

Kent Jobs for Kent's Young People (Kent Jobs 4KYP) is a Kent County Council initiative that goes beyond simply encouraging and incentivising employers and 16 - 24 year olds to take part in apprenticeships – it provides a full level of recruitment and training support from beginning to end.

4 main strands of work:

  • Advisory Service – helping companies recruit apprentices and information for young people who are interested in apprenticeships.
  • Kent County Council apprenticeships – Kent County Council is a major employer of apprentices and we are responsible for developing apprenticeships within the council.
  • Kent Employment Programme – The Kent Employment Programme (KEP) was established to help Kent businesses offer apprenticeships to young people aged 18-24.
  • Assisted Apprenticeships – we offer an employer grant and support scheme for learners who require more assistance to succeed in apprenticeships.

Our assisted apprenticeships scheme is currently at maximum enrolment.  This means we're unable to take any new requests for funding at the moment. We hope to have an update in April 2016.

Visit Kent.gov to find out more about apprenticeships.

Financial support for apprentices

You may be able to get a bursary to help you with travel, clothing and equipment. Find out if you are eligible for a bursary as part of the Kevin Lynes Apprenticeship Scheme.

5 reasons to become an apprentice:

  • Earn a salary
  • Get paid holidays
  • Receive training
  • Gain qualifications
  • Learn job-specific skills

Brathay Apprentice Challenge

Brathay Apprentice Challenge is a national challenge to find the apprentice team of the year in the nation, apprentices will develop key skills whilst raising awareness about apprenticeships and positively benefiting their communities. Kent County Council has entered a team of 9 apprentices who are working towards the first part of the Challenge by visiting schools and jobs fairs.

Read more about how the Brathay team are making a difference in their community here

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

We work closely with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) who support, fund and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England. We work together to develop strategies to encourage young people complete work-based training and projects to promote apprenticeships.

The service are responsible for increasing the number of apprenticeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners.

NAS (National Apprenticeships Service) run the apprenticeship vacancy matching service where many Kent Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised.

Kent Association of Training Organisations (KATO) is the local body representing Kent training organisations and we work closely with them to develop projects with Kent training providers. You can call KATO on 0800 756 6953.

KAFEC (Kent Association of Further Education Colleges) is an 'innovative strategic partnership uniting the further education colleges from across the four corners of Kent and Medway'.

The service offers apprenticeships, traineeships and a variety of bespoke training programmes.