The newly-launched Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) has matched its first apprentice with a local business.
Altman Integrated Technologies (AIT), a software technology company specialising in print and copy control solutions, based in North Leeds, has taken on Shaun Clark as an apprentice for the next 18 months.
The Leeds ATA, an independent company jointly owned by Leeds City Council and Leeds City College, acts as the broker matching young apprentices with local businesses.
As part of his work with AIT, Shaun will be working as a technical consultant providing first line customer support for external and internal users.
Shaun is undertaking an advanced apprenticeship in network and systems support at Leeds City College whilst working with AIT. This provides him with theoretical and practical learning opportunities and experience throughout the duration of the apprenticeship scheme.
Shaun said: “The team at AIT have made me feel really welcome and I’m now looking forward to developing my practical skills. The ATA scheme has allowed me to join a company that will support me in my career in IT. So I’m excited about the future with AIT.”
Coun Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council and chair of the ATA, said: “It is fantastic that we have our first apprentice placed through the ATA. It is an exciting time as we start to put the wheels in motion to help not only young people into work but also businesses to grow and develop in our city.”
John Evans, MD of Altman Integrated Technologies said: “AIT is delighted to be the first Leeds organisation to work with the ATA and provide an opportunity for a young person who is motivated to start a new career.”
Businesses interested in an apprentice can contact the Leeds ATA on 0113 220 6370 or email info@ATALeeds.co.uk. Young people looking for an apprenticeship can visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk