Young people told they can earn and learn during National Apprenticeship Week

Orangebox's catering team serves guests to its Blue Monday apprenticeship event
Orangebox's catering team serves guests to its Blue Monday apprenticeship event

Young people across Calderdale have been finding out more about working whilst learning in the run up to and during National Apprenticeship Week.

Future generations are being informed about the benefits of apprenticeships which avoid huge debts that traditional academic options incur.

From March 9-15, Calderdale Council is offering youngsters opportunities in various apprenticeships including sport and leisure, finance and social care.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Use of Resources, coun Geraldine Carter, said: “Apprenticeships are a really good opportunity for young people. Not only do they gain new skills and get a great deal of experience in the workplace, they can often result in long term employment.”

Dale Hipperson, pictured, a level five apprentice on the council’s Workforce Development Team, said: “My job gives me the experience of working in a busy team environment while I gain the skills and experience that a lot of companies want when they look for staff.”

Calderdale charity Working Wonders prepares young people aged 14-25 with skills needed for the working world and works with local businesses to provide new apprenticeship opportunities.

An Elland Our Place apprenticeship event was recently held at Betie’s, Elland, and provided an opportunity for young people to get better informed about apprenticeships.

In attendance, Alex Smith, marketing manager at Estio Training, Halifax, said: “All the young people I spoke to expressed a great interest in our training programmes which covers training in IT, software, web and telecoms. Many seemed very taken by the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications and professional skills whilst earning a salary.”

Working Wonders project manager, Jayne Spencer, said: “We were delighted to work in partnership with Elland Our Place to deliver this first event of its kind with young people attending and Elland businesses seeking to recruit local talent.”

The charity also held a Blue Monday apprentice event at Halifax’s young people’s centre, Orangebox, pictured. Representatives from organisations including Calderdale College, Calderdale Training, Grow Your Future, and Project Challenge were on hand to inform youngsters about apprenticeship opportunities in Calderdale.

Halifax’s Covea Insurance apprenticeship scheme will launch in May. The company is recruiting for a wide range of roles within the business.

This week, Lloyds Banking Group announced it will recruit 100 ‘higher apprentices’ during 2015. These apprenticeships offer some of the most academic students a viable alternative to university and training in finance, IT, marketing and other areas.

Christopher Jackson, talent director at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We are proud to support National Apprenticeship Week. By creating a new generation of skilled workers through a diverse range of apprenticeship programmes, we can help Britain prosper.”