Wakefield Council named in top 100 employers for apprenticeships

Date: 27/01/2016

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Wakefield Council has been named as one of the top 100 employers for apprenticeships in the country at a top awards ceremony.

The Council received the accolade at the National Apprenticeship Awards held in London.

It is the only local authority in Yorkshire to this year receive this level of recognition, and its programme is recognised for its worth alongside high profile businesses and organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover UK and Microsoft UK.

Inclusion in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list is a recognition of the value of apprenticeships. It also encourages other employers around the country to help businesses to grow their own talent.

Wakefield's successful programme supports local youth employment, gives school leavers meaningful career options and helps to retain talent in the district.

Apprenticeships also help to reduce the number of young people not in training or education in the district.

At any one time the Council has between 60 and 80 apprentices aged 16- 24 and beyond  in placements ranging from marketing, children's services, information technology and libraries.

Joanne Roney, chief executive at Wakefield Council said: "I am very proud of our role in supporting apprenticeships and it's good for our young people to know we've been recognised as a top 100 employer.

"This demonstrates the value of our programme, which aims to raise skills and aspirations in our district and reduce unemployment. Apprenticeships also bring fresh ideas into our workplace.

"We continually develop new and existing placements in the Council, partnerships and other organisations, making the programme attractive to young people.

Ms Roney added: "I started as an apprentice and I know from personal experience it is a route that offers young people the opportunity to learn and develop skills that will help them build their future careers." 

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list is sponsored by City & Guilds,  and is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service to recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

Wakefield Council's apprenticeship programme was established over 30 years ago.

Chloe Slater, aged 19, an apprentice in the Communications Team at Wakefield Council said: "I applied for an apprenticeship after leaving college because I wanted to learn and earn at the same time. I'm following a structured programme which is interesting and is giving me strong skills that I think will really help me to develop and grow my future career."

 The Council is a key employer in the district and employs around 4,800 people delivering a range of services to 327,000 residents, businesses and visitors.

 The next recruitment for Council apprentices will start shortly.

 For more information visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/business/skills-and-training/apprentices