Wakefield Council rises to the challenge

​Date: 19/06/2014

The Wakefield Apprenticeship Challenge has exceeded its target of achieving 100 new apprenticeship opportunities in 100 days before the challenge came to an end.

As a part of the Council's challenge, young people aged 16 to 24 will be offered various apprentice opportunities by local businesses to develop skills and reduce unemployment rates across the district.

These opportunities include civil engineer, mechanic, electrician, IT, joiner/roofer, horticulture, construction, business administration and many more. These apprenticeships and many other opportunities will be advertised at www.wakefieldfirst.com/apprenticeships-vacancies   

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We are dedicated to developing the skills of the Council's future workforce by increasing the number of apprentice positions available within the district, in order to help youngsters build and improve their skills

"I am delighted with the support we have had from businesses across the district, which shows their commitment to helping young people.

"One of our main aims is to get young people into employment or learning. Even though this year's challenge is complete, this is just the beginning and we are continuing to take steps to help employers and apprentices."

Young people can find out about apprenticeship opportunities from Schools, Connexion Services, the National Apprenticeship Service web site, local community centres, libraries and sport facilities across the district.

The Wakefield Apprenticeship Challenge is a partnership initiative between Wakefield Council, Wakefield College, The National Apprenticeship Service and West Yorkshire Learning Providers.

Support for employers wishing to recruit new apprenticeships or train existing staff continues to be available from the National Apprenticeship Service on www.apprenticeships.org.uk or by calling free on 08000 150 160.