Designed in collaboration with industry, apprenticeships are for those students who want to learn in the workplace.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a particular profession or industry sector, for example engineering, healthcare or hospitality and catering, with study in a college environment.
There are many benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship. Apprentices are able to work alongside experienced staff in a particular industry, benefiting from time-served sector tutors.
Students undertaking an apprenticeship will also gain job-specific skills in a wide variety of industries operating in Kent and Medway, earn a salary while also studying towards a qualification recognised by their industry.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the specific industry, and are available to 16 year olds and beyond, depending on what qualifications they already hold.
The Government has an ambitious target to create 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020. All of the colleges in Kent are working hard to deliver on this target, with nearly 14,000 apprenticeship starts last year in Kent.
The members of Kent Further Education delivered one in five of all the apprenticeships started in the South East last year.