Youngsters inspired by you’re hired advice event

The Apprentice Event at Calderdale College, organised by the Community Foundation for Calderdale. Amelia Annakin, centre, and Emily Madigan, right.

The Apprentice Event at Calderdale College, organised by the Community Foundation for Calderdale. Amelia Annakin, centre, and Emily Madigan, right.

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Young people and businesses heard about the benefits of apprenticeships at a You’re Hired - The Apprentice Event, held at Calderdale College.

The event was organised by The Community Foundation for Calderdale, in partnership with Business for Calderdale, Calderdale College and Working Wonders Ltd.

Packed with employers, apprenticeship providers, as well as those undertaking apprenticeships, the day was an opportunity for young people to find out more from firms including Lloyds Banking Group and Covea Insurance, among others. The second half of the event, hosted by BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby, invited members of Calderdale’s business community to hear from speakers about how apprenticeships could work for them.

Among those speaking was Ashleigh Porter-Exley, winner of Lord Sugar’s BBC Junior Apprentice 2012, who praised apprenticeships as being beneficial for both young people and businesses in the district.

“Calderdale is an up-and-coming area, there’s been a lot of money invested in the local area in recent times,” she said.

“Businesses are growing and expanding and I think its the perfect time for businesses to be hiring apprentices, because these young people are willing to learn and grow with your business.”

Steve Duncan, from the Community Foundation, added: “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.”