You’re hired – first apprentice secures role through apprenticeship agency

The Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) has signed up its first business with an apprentice.

Altman Integrated Technologies Ltd (AIT), a software technology company specialising in print and copy control solutions, based in North Leeds, have taken on Shaun Clark as an apprentice for the next 18 months.

As part of his work with AIT, Shaun will be working as a technical consultant providing first line customer support for external and internal users.

Taking on an apprentice through the ATA allows the company to take on someone who is keen to learn and develop their skills, providing them with the opportunity to start a new career without the normal bureaucratic burdens facing SME’s when employing new staff directly.

Shaun is undertaking an advanced apprenticeship in Network and Systems Support at Leeds City College whilst working with AIT. This provides him with theoretical and practical learning opportunities and experience throughout the duration of his apprenticeship.

Shaun Clark is really enjoying his placement and said:

“The team at AIT have made me feel really welcome and I’m now looking forward to developing my practical skills. The ATA scheme has allowed me to join a company that will support me to establish and develop my career in IT. So I’m excited about the future with AIT. “

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council and chair of the Leeds ATA Board of Directors said:

“It is fantastic that we have our first apprentice placed through the Leeds ATA.

“It is an exciting time as we start to put the wheels in motion to help not only young people into work but also businesses to grow and develop in our city.”

John Evans, Managing Director of Altman Integrated Technologies said:

“AIT is delighted to be the first Leeds organisation to work with Leeds ATA and provide an opportunity for a young person who is motivated to start a new career.

Leeds City College and Leeds ATA have been a pleasure to work with to get Shaun on board quickly.

“This process has worked so well that we are seeking another apprentice to add to our team, here in Leeds.

“We wish Shaun and Leeds ATA every success with this new business to business service”

Businesses interested in an apprentice can contact the Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency on 0113 220 6370 or email info@ATALeeds.co.uk. Young people looking for an apprenticeship can visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Notes to editors:

The main aim of the Leeds ATA is to make it as simple as possible for SME’s to take on an apprentice by removing some of the bureaucracy and burdens they would normally face. It will match young people, who are job ready and want to find careers, to apprenticeships with local businesses who want to skill and grow their workforce.

The Leeds ATA works with businesses to identify their needs and how they can be supported through an apprenticeship. They provide advice on the right apprenticeship framework and source a training provider to support the apprentice to achieve. The ATA offers a ‘brokering service’, managing the recruitment and selection process with businesses. The ATA employs the apprentice and hires them out to businesses. As a host, the businesses pay the wages and a fee to the ATA and sign a formal agreement.

The ATA is one of the skills elements of the recently agreed City Deal. It is jointly owned by the Council and Leeds City College, supported by the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, and the ATA opens a door to a major network investing in the future of business growth and skills across the region.