Kirklees Council’s apprenticeship scheme is highly commended

We recently received recognition at a national awards ceremony for apprentice employers – we’ve supported over 90 apprentices over the past year, and we were highly commended in the “large employer” category.

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The awards took place during #NationalApprenticeshipWeek2017 and was run by Apprenticeship4England. This event promotes good practice across the country with finalists including both training providers and employers of all sizes.

Kirklees Council were one of the only few councils to reach the finalist stage, and attended the awards ceremony alongside some well-known companies and others who are leading the way on apprenticeships, such as IBM and Kwik-Fit. The awards at the ceremony were presented by former Chelsea footballer, Paul Elliot.

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A few of the apprentices that are employed through Kirklees Council.

What do our Councillors think about apprenticeships?

Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Resources said:

“I would like to congratulate the staff involved in our apprenticeship programme, from those involved in recruiting and supporting apprentices, to the people in service areas who help train these young people to become the best they can be.

Apprenticeships are an essential part of the Kirklees Council recruitment programme, they ensure that we have access to highly motivated employees with the right skills for our future.  I believe that our apprentices are excellent employees and as much as we’d like to keep them all,  I acknowledge that some of them will one day take on positions in different companies, where they will go on to play an important part in the wider Kirklees economy. Not everybody wants to go to university, and by providing an opportunity to those who wish to learn on the job whilst earning a wage, our high quality apprenticeships will  provide skills that will last a lifetime.”

Find out more about our apprenticeships:

To find out more about Council apprenticeships, visit our website.

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