Apprentice Hub extended after reaching its target
Wakefield Council is extending its apprenticeship programme after successfully
reaching its target – a month early - of placing 300 apprentices with businesses
across the district.
The scheme which is aimed at 16-24 year olds offers
young people the opportunity to find secure employment whilst undergoing quality
training with employers based in Wakefield District. There are currently over 90
apprenticeship vacancies being advertised in Wakefield district ranging from
accountancy and legal services through to manufacturing & engineering.
The Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub has placed apprentices with small and
medium sized businesses as part of a joint programme with the Leeds City Region
The Hub has now achieved its target of placing 300 young
people in apprenticeships, and the programme is being extended so that
businesses of all sizes receive the same free and impartial support.
programme has helped to reduce youth unemployment to 3.9% in July 2015, and the
percentage of young people not in training or education in the district to 4.2%
in June 2015.
The Hub has helped placed young people in apprenticeships,
and the programme is being extended so that businesses of all sizes can get
Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said: “I’m very
proud that hundreds of young people have already had the opportunity to build
their skill and future careers and that this success programme is continuing.”
Joanne Roney, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council, said: I'm proud to
be an ambassador for apprenticeships. I started my career as an apprentice and
the experience was very positive and helped me develop the skills I needed to
“The programme has been a great success and I am pleased it
will give many more young people the chance to learn and develop their abilities
in the workplace.”
Apprenticeships have many advantages for businesses,
giving them the ability to train young people in the skills they need.
Apprenticeships provide young people with skills and qualifications that
employers are looking for in new recruits. They also offer a route into further
and higher education through progression onto advanced and higher
The programme has reduced youth unemployment and the
percentage of young people not in training or education in the
There are currently over 90 apprenticeship vacancies being
advertised for businesses in Wakefield district ranging from accountancy and
legal services through to manufacturing & engineering.
started her apprenticeship with Wakefield-based Xamax Clothing in August, just a
week after meeting The Apprenticeship Hub team at a careers fair at Wakefield
Olivia said “I spoke with Amy from the Hub about quite a few
vacancies, when she mentioned the one at Xamax I thought it sounded really
interesting. I went for an interview the following Monday and was offered the
job the next day! The Apprenticeship Hub have been a great help.”
Thompson, Managing Director of Xamax Cothing said: “Our apprentices are the
future of our business. The skills and qualifications they develop whilst on a
scheme will help them establish a long-term career within the market.
“We have long term plans for the young people that join us, including
advanced and higher apprenticeships, enabling them to gain qualifications
equivalent to a degree in their chosen careers. They bring in new ideas and help
our existing staff to innovate, as much as we support the apprentices to learn
and develop the necessary skills to flourish.
“The support we have
received from the Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub has been invaluable. They
provided us with suitable candidates who matched our requirements for our
apprentices. We can’t thank them enough for all their support.”
people can find out about apprenticeship opportunities from the Wakefield First
website, schools, Connexion Services, the National Apprenticeship Service web
site, local community centres, libraries and sport facilities across the
Support for employers wishing to recruit new apprenticeships
or train existing staff is available from the Council. Please contact the
Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub directly on 01924 302703 or email