VIDEO: Inspiring apprentice event for young people

Young people learnt about the benefit of apprenticeships at an event held at Calderdale College today (Tuesday).

The event, hosted by BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby, was organised by The Community Foundation for Calderdale, in partnership with Business for Calderdale, Calderdale College and Working Wonders Ltd.

BBC Junior Apprentice winner Ashleigh Porter-Exley, pictured with Lloyds Banking Group apprentices, Nathan Haigh and Michael Griffin.

BBC Junior Apprentice winner Ashleigh Porter-Exley, pictured with Lloyds Banking Group apprentices, Nathan Haigh and Michael Griffin.

The morning session gave young people the opportunity to meet potential employers and apprenticeship providers, including Lloyds Banking Group and Covea Insurance, as well as those undertaking apprenticeships.

Steve Duncan, from the Community Foundation, said: “Ensuring the correct skills are in place both within our existing and future work force is vital to the economy of the region. One of the cornerstones of this is apprenticeships. Apprentices can help businesses cut costs, fill skills gaps and increase retention rates.

“However many employers shy away from the scheme due to popular misconceptions or simply a lack of information.”

This afternoon, guests from the business community will hear from guest speakers including Ashleigh Porter-Exley, winner of the BBC Junior Apprentice in 2012, about how apprenticeships can work for them.

Watch the video to find out more.