Apprenticeship event will help young people get a foot in the door

Caption: Natalie Wilson, who is urging young people to take up a business admin apprenticeship like her.

Young people in Leeds wondering what’s next after their GCSEs can take their first step onto the career ladder at a special event this week.

Hundreds of 16-18 year-olds are expected to attend the business administration apprenticeship event at the Carriageworks Theatre this Friday (August 29).

Running from 1pm-4pm, the event will give young people a chance to find out how to get a foot in the door at local companies.

Apprenticeship opportunities will be available with firms including Arndale Solicitors, Yazoom Telecom and Leeds charity St George’s Crypt.

Also attending will be interpreting and translation firm thebigword.

Natalie Wilson, 24, started as a business admin apprentice with thebigword, and has since been promoted to project manager.

She said: “I love working here, there is such a variation and diverse range of people, it’s great to mix with other cultures and work with different nationalities on a daily basis.

"I have learnt a lot about the world from various colleagues; it’s made my time here that little bit more interesting.”

Natalie added: “As well as my fast career progression, another one of my greatest achievements in my time with the company has to be that I was nominated for the title of Leeds Apprentice of the Year.

“Since joining thebigword as an apprentice, I feel as though I have gained a lot of stability and direction. I strongly recommend anybody to take advantage of this opportunity the same way I did.”

Business administration vacancies make up around 130 of the current 240 apprenticeship opportunities available in Leeds.

This week’s event will also include learning providers like Leeds City College, Hit Training, Key Training and the Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency, who will be able to talk young people through their options.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“Business administration apprenticeships can be a great foot in the door for young people looking to take their first step into a new career.

“These types of apprenticeships are an ideal way to learn the ropes with a huge variety of companies and organisations, and a chance to pick up some really important core skills whilst earning a wage.

“And for those young people who have just got their GCSE results and are wondering what to do next, this Friday’s event will be a perfect way to find out about some opportunities that have some real potential.”

For more information or to book a place at this week’s event, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/business-administration-apprenticeship-event-registration-12428165979


Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk