Job shop opens in Wakefield

Job shop opens in Wakefield

Shoppers hitting the high street in Wakefield could bag themselves an apprenticeship after the Apprenticeship Drop-in Centre officially opened for business.

The shop, based in Market Hall on Union Street, is a joint venture backed by Wakefield College and Wakefield Council.

Staff from the college are actively on hand to welcome visitors to the new centre which promises to be a one-stop shop for people to find out about apprenticeships.

Visitors will also be able to access current apprenticeship vacancies across the district and apply directly for any jobs currently on offer.

The idea of the shop came from Dan Conboy, chair of Cognitiv, an industry-led group which aims to put the spotlight on the District’s creative, digital and IT sectors.

He saw a similar shop in Manchester and suggested a set up like it would work well in Wakefield. After consulting with senior colleagues in the council and college, a suitable location was identified.

Dan welcomed the new shop in the heart of the city. He said: “We are big supporters of apprenticeships, so I think that the expansion of Wakefield College's promotion of their apprenticeship opportunities is great for both Wakefield's young people and businesses across the district.”

Cllr Peter Box CBE, leader of Wakefield Council said: “I am very proud of our role in supporting apprenticeships and I hope this new venture with Wakefield College will encourage even more young people to consider taking this route.

“Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to learn and develop skills that will help them build their future careers.”