Target smashed in campaign to get businesses to sign up to apprenticeships

A campaign to get 150 Leeds businesses to pledge to take on apprentices in 100 days has been a huge success.

Between April and July 2013, 235 businesses have pledged 375 apprenticeships for young people in the city.

Currently there are over 170 live apprenticeship opportunities in Leeds ranging from kitchen assistants to business administrators and hairdressing amongst many other opportunities which are all advertised on the www.apprenticeships.org.uk website.

Leeds City Council’s Employment Leeds team offer a bespoke recruitment service to businesses in the city looking to take on an apprentice. From identifying a relevant Apprenticeship framework, advert design and vacancy advertising along with a matching service, the team is able to support businesses to realise the benefits of hiring an apprentice.

Case study - Lofthouse Security Systems Ltd

Lofthouse Security Systems Ltd is currently in the process of recruiting a new apprentice to start in September.

Employment Leeds supported the business by advertising the vacancy to maximise exposure across the city within local communities to include schools, partners organisations, appropriate local media and on line advertising through to providing a reply handling service to help them get started with the recruitment process of their apprentice which they hope will be starting on 1 September.

They currently already have two apprentices who have been working with them for the last few years, and have now taken up more responsibility within the company.

Keith Gosney, owner of Lofthouse Security Systems Ltd said:

“Having apprentices on-board at the company really helps to keep the company moving along and growing, but also gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills and get into a work routine.

“The council have been extremely helpful signposting us to possible candidates and offering advice on the recruitment process involved, and we are almost at the stage whereas we can appoint someone.”

Commenting on what he looks for when hiring an apprentice, Keith said:

“We have taken people on in the past that have shown a keen interest in electronics and have done well at school in their various exams.

“If they come in to talk to us and show potential and a general interest in the company and getting work experience then we are keen to have them on board.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said:

“It is a fantastic achievement to have beaten our target of 150 businesses by such a huge amount. This clearly shows the enthusiasm in local business for taking on young talent to help them grow.

“Taking on an apprentice is a great way of offering new skills to young people, but also brings real benefits to the employer as well.

“We hope to be able to continue to build on this success and continue to add to the already impressive list of apprenticeship vacancies we have at the moment.”

Any businesses in Leeds wanting to pledge an apprenticeship opportunity should contact the Employment Leeds team at employmentleeds@leeds.gov.uk or phone 0113 2475862


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