Charity aims to work wonders for youngsters

Anisa Khan, apprentice at Eureka! children's museum, Halifax.
Anisa Khan, apprentice at Eureka! children's museum, Halifax.

Calderdale’s apprenticeship charity aims to work wonders for young people across the borough.

Ahead of the National Apprenticeship Week, March 3-7, Working Wonders hopes to secure 50 apprenticeship placements in 2014 and generate £200,000 to support apprentices in their path to security and stability.

In building on from last year’s Community Foundation for Calderdale’s Cycle for Work apprentice success which secured 23 apprenticeships for young people with local businesses and generated £105,000 towards salary and mentoring support costs.

This year’s fundraising towards the future success of younger people is already underway with emphasis on two major events: Cragg Vale Cycle Challenge, April 3, and Kayaking along the Caledonian Canal in May.

Community Foundation for Calderdale chief executive Steve Duncan said: “Our aim is to encourage growth and development for young people and businesses in Calderdale, ultimately reducing the number of young people not in employment, education or training.

“We’ve taken on a number of young people in 8 – 12 week work placements,

“In the first 12 – 18 months of Cycle for Work we successfully converted all our work placements into apprenticeships, other work or further education. We intend to continue to support Working Wonders in this way.”

Since the launch of Working Wonders in January this year, five new apprentices have successfully gained positions in businesses and organisations throughout Calderdale: Eureka!; CI Adventures; Ravenscliffe High School; Sleigh and Story Accountants; and Taut Clothing.