Apprentice numbers hit record high

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Over 100 school leavers were given their first taste of working life as they started an intensive foundation training programme.

A record breaking number of apprentices at Kirkdale Industrial Training Services, known as KITS, were put through their paces at the centre Brighouse.

KITS is a not-for-profit organisation which has been providing engineering training for 40 years, focusing on offering four-year apprenticeships in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, fabrication & welding as well as motor vehicle repair.

Every year, from approximately 600 applicants, KITS recruits 100 of the best young people in the area to undertake its engineering apprenticeship programme.

For over 35 years, KITS has provided local companies with highly skilled apprentices who will then go on to make a significant difference with their chosen employer.

This year’s intense training programme is one of a long line of similar programmes spanning decades - but the volume of almost 100 has never been achieved before.

Chief Executive, David Todhunter, said: “A good proportion of the learners already have been secured in employment with local engineering and manufacturing companies as part of a continuous interview and placement process.

“The very high calibre of school leavers provide employers with a wide choice oflLearners to commence engineering apprenticeships with bespoke skills to meet the needs of individual employers.”

The groups will stay at the modern skills training academy for 6 months where they will be trained to NVQ Level 2 and then move on to NVQ Level 3.