Applications open for top apprenticeship programme

​Date: 08/03/2016

Ref: PR 6189

Wakefield Council is this week opening applications for its nationally recognised apprenticeship programme.

The scheme supports local youth employment, gives young people meaningful career options and helps to retain talent in the district.

This year there are 38 posts available and people can apply via the Council’s website from Thursday March 10 to Monday April 4.

Earlier this year the Council was named as one of the Top 100 employers for apprenticeships in the country at the National Apprenticeship Awards in London.

The Council was the only local authority in Yorkshire, this year, to be recognised with the accolade and it was placed on the list alongside high profile businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover UK and Microsoft UK.

Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive, who started her career as an apprentice, said: “I want to encourage young people to think seriously about applying for an apprenticeship.  It is a great way to start your career.

“I am proud that our award winning programme has been recognised nationally for the quality of what we offer to young people in district.

“Apprenticeships aim to raise skills and aspirations as well as reducing unemployment.  This is a route which offers young people opportunities to learn and develop skills that will help them throughout their working lives.”

At any one time the Council has between 60 and 80 apprentices in placements ranging from marketing, children’s services, information technology and libraries.

Chloe Slater, aged 19, an apprentice 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 to help me to develop and grow my future career.”

For information on Council apprenticeships visit:


Young​ people can also take up opportunities through The Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub which has placed over 350 apprentices with businesses across Wakefield District as part of a joint programme with the Leeds City Region since 2013.

The Hub provides employers with bespoke support to help them find and recruit apprentices. There are currently over 30 apprenticeship vacancies being advertised in Wakefield district ranging from accountancy and legal services through to manufacturing & engineering.

The Hub also helps businesses to identify and carry out training & development through the LEP Skills Service programme. Please contact the Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub directly on 01924 302703 or email