Caption: Jake Sanders celebrates at the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards earlier this year.
An award-winning Leeds apprentice is urging thousands of local school pupils to follow in his footsteps by attending a major recruitment drive this week.
Jake Sanders, 21, scooped the prestigious Advanced Apprentice of the Year award at the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards earlier this year.
He started an apprenticeship with Sulzer Pumps UK Ltd three years ago after leaving sixth form.
Machine operator Jake, from Garforth, is now calling on other young people to attend an event at Leeds Town Hall this Thursday where they can find out about starting their own apprenticeships.
He said: “I decided to start an apprenticeship when I finished sixth form.
“I’d always wanted to go into engineering, and thought about university, but the prospect of being able to start a job straight away was a better fit for me.
“I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time and picked up lots of practical skills in different areas of the company.
“It’s been brilliant for me and I’d definitely recommend that people come along to this week’s event and find out more about becoming an apprentice.”
Thursday’s Leeds Apprenticeship Information event, organised by Leeds City Council and the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub, runs from 5pm until 8pm.
Postcards have been sent to every Year 11, 12, and 13 pupil in Leeds, inviting them to attend and speak to some of the city’s biggest employers.
Firms attending include the BMW Group Academy, Gordon’s Solicitors and Arena Group who will be there alongside a range of small and medium-sized firms also looking to take on apprentices.
Around 1,500 young people attended a similar event last year.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:
“Events like this have been a huge success in the past and have helped so many young people get into some really interesting and exciting jobs with some great earning potential.
“Apprenticeships can open all kinds of doors and give those who take part the chance to learn as they earn, picking up practical, on-the-job training and skills while taking home a wage.
“I’m sure this week’s event will be a big success and I hope it gives even more young people the chance to take their first step into a new career.”
The event at Leeds Town Hall is on on Thursday, June 26 and runs from 5pm to 8pm. To find out more about apprenticeships, visit www.leedspathways.org.uk/work, or ask your careers adviser about apprenticeships.
You can also get in touch with the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub for independent and impartial advice, on 07712 214 916, follow them on twitter @LeedsAppHub or on facebook.com/LeedsAppHub
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