Milestone for Wakefield apprenticeships

Milestone for Wakefield apprenticeships

Over 500 SMEs in West Yorkshire have now committed to taking on an apprentice through the Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub.

The commitment represents the massive success of the scheme which works with local employers to boost the aspirations of young people in the district.

A total of 350 apprentices have been placed through the hub since 2013 making Wakefield one of the most successful hubs in the country.

This success has led to it being highlighted as an example of best practice by the Cabinet Office in their recent review of the Leeds City Region apprenticeship programme.

The hub works in partnership with the rest of Economic Growth service in Wakefield Council, providing comprehensive support for skills, funding, business advice, events and recruitment.

Speaking about the service provided by the Apprenticeship Hub and wider Economic Growth Service, Peter Reed-Forrester of CommunityUK praised the hub for their work.

He said: “The Council’s Economic Growth team have been excellent in providing with all of the support and advice needed since we relocated to the Wakefield area from Havant.

“Their ongoing support has been essential in ensuring that we have access to all of the resources that are available to us under the LEP including information about local grants and the skills service.

“They have been incredibly helpful in sourcing suitable apprenticeship candidates and in reviewing training providers from the local area.

“Wakefield Council team, who have been on-hand throughout the entire recruitment process and who’ve provided us with all of the information necessary to make the right decision for our business, we were able to find a superb apprentice and we are looking forward to working with the team to find even more candidates from the Wakefield area during 2016.”