Celebrating the successful completion of our fourth Pre-Apprenticeship Programme
In partnership with Kirklees College and C+K Careers, we are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the fourth year of our Pre-Apprenticeship Programme (PAP).
How does the Pre-Apprenticeship programme work?
The PAP runs for a minimum of six-months and is an unpaid study programme targeting 16- to 18-year-old council tenants and their family members, who are either unemployed or lacking the necessary skills and qualifications to secure an apprenticeship. While the programme was created for council tenants, the scheme is also open to wider residents of Kirklees.
Designed to support and encourage potential, the programme provides learners with valuable life skills, confidence, and work experience, improving their employability and helping them move closer to their ideal careers. Participants receive up to six weeks of real work experience through the council’s property services or contractors, along with vocational learning, pastoral support, and enrichment activities. They also gain essential qualifications in English and Maths and receive employability skills training.
Over the past year, the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme has received more than 60 expressions of interest, and 10 participants are set to complete the programme. Already, there are many impressive achievements to highlight. Twelve participants have earned their IOSH Certificate, and four have applied for additional accredited courses. Five participants have successfully passed the first stage of their CSCS Green Card, while three have secured apprenticeships – two with the council and one externally. Six participants have found either part-time or full-time employment that has lasted for at least 13 weeks, and fourteen have completed a CV. Each of these outcomes marks a significant step forward in these individuals’ journey towards fulfilling employment.
Tyler Beaumont, a PAP graduate, who will be starting as an Apprentice Technical Assistant at Kirklees Council, said:
“The Pre-Apprenticeship Programme has helped me in so many ways. It’s boosted my confidence and improved the way I interact with people. Thanks to the programme, I’ve now managed to secure an apprenticeship with the council starting in September! I’ve made new friends and gained loads of knowledge about the trade and customer service.”
Liam Griffin, a PAP graduate, who will be starting as an Apprentice Joiner at Kirklees Council, said:
“The Pre-Apprenticeship Programme has helped me in many ways. From meeting new people and making me a more confident and open person, to improving my grades, gaining practical skills, and allowing me to try all the trades I’m interested in. I would highly recommend the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme to anyone.”
Councillor Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, said:
“We are incredibly proud of our participants’ progress and the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme’s success. This is a great stepping stone for young people in Kirklees, providing them with the foundation to confidently navigate the world of work. I look forward to seeing what our participants do next.”
Running the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme is just one of the ways Kirklees Council supports its young residents, enabling them to realise their full potential and contribute positively to the community. The PAP will open again in September to get even more residents ready for the world of work.