Apprentice Hub extended after reaching its target

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Date: 09/09/2015

 

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 since 2013.

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.

The 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 involved.

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 succeed.

“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 apprenticeships.

The programme has reduced youth unemployment and the percentage of young people not in training or education in the district.

There are currently over 90 apprenticeship vacancies being advertised for businesses in Wakefield district ranging from accountancy and legal services through to manufacturing & engineering.

Olivia Evans 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 College.

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.”

Graham 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.”

Young 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 district.

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 apphub@wakefield.gov.uk


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