Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub helps 250th Apprentice

Date: 08/06/2015

Timmy Gauntlett is a happy man after securing an apprenticeship with local firm CDA, based in Beancroft Road, Castleford.

Timmy is the 250th apprentice placed by the Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub, run by Wakefield Council in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise partnership. He met his new employer at a roadshow in Normanton town centre during National Apprenticeship Week on March 11, 2015.

Timmy has taken up an Advanced Apprenticeship in Customer Services, carrying out domestic appliance maintenance & repairs in customers properties.

Chris Tears, owner of CDA, said: “We’re busier than we’ve ever been, having won a number of key maintenance contracts to look after appliances for several large housing providers.

“Taking on an apprentice was a logical way to grow the business and to also provide an opportunity for an enthusiastic young person to get a foot on the career ladder. We’re delighted that Timmy is joining us to help us continue to grow.”

Timmy (24), of Normanton, said: “I was looking for other work because I’m a block paver by trade but have a bad back and the doctor advised I should look for something which didn’t involve manual lifting all the time.

“I went to the apprenticeship hub roadshow in Normanton and there was the CDA job. I’m more of a hands-on person, so this was perfect. I like the brain-teasers that we get faced with when fixing people’s appliances.”

Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub offers a free support service to Wakefield businesses and residents about apprenticeships, training, and the funding that is available to employers.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills said: “This 250th placement is a milestone for the Apprenticeship Hub and we’re delighted that Timmy has been successful in securing a role with CDA.

“We will continue to be ambitious for our young people, creating opportunities and providing support to both them and the companies that employ them so that our district has a brighter future.

“Wakefield’s Apprenticeship Hub makes finding and recruiting an apprentice as easy as possible for everyone. The team matches businesses with young people and training providers to ensure that the apprenticeships that are created are high quality, fulfilling, sustainable.”

For more information about Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub, visit www.wakefieldfirst.co.uk/apprenticeships/  or call 01924 302703