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Work on promoting apprenticeships in city takes centre stage at executive board
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Work on promoting apprenticeships in city takes centre stage at executive board

Leeds City Council is undertaking a range of work with partners to provide greater opportunities for people to access apprenticeships.

As part of an executive board paper on April 19, members are provided with an update on the council’s ambitious and innovative programme, including the successful Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair. Nearly 6,000 people attended the event along with 130 employers.

In order to ensure that this progress continues, the council through its Apprenticeship Hub will be continuing to work closely with employers on adopting new standards and engaging young people to raise awareness of what apprenticeships have to offer.

Young people wanting to find out more about the Apprenticeship Hub and how to access opportunities in the city, please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/Residents

Businesses who are interested in advice and guidance on the levy and how they can incorporate apprentices into their workforces please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/Business

Key benefits of being an apprentice include:

  • Earning a salary – apprentices do real jobs for real employers. If you are entering work for the first time, you will start earning from day one of your Apprenticeship.
  • Learn on the job – apprentices build up practical and theoretical skills, competencies and knowledge whilst gaining qualifications.
  • Support during training – your employer or training provider’s role is to ensure that your training fits your personal requirements. They will offer a structured programme that gives you the skills needed to the job well and satisfy national standards.
  • Prospects – Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding and can lead to a a successful career in your chosen area.

Hear from Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for employment, skills and opportunity, on the work which is being undertaken on apprenticeships

and why flagship events such as the Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair are so important.

To view the report to the executive board, please see: www.democracy.leeds.gov.uk

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