Prime Minister David Cameron met apprentices at a BT telephone exchange in Pudsey as the company unveiled plans to create 50 new engineering jobs in the region.
Mr Cameron met apprentices Callan Burke, Kyle Smith, Lauren Ashworth, Mohammed Khan, Paul Gee, and Stacey Leyland and was given a demonstration of high speed broadband.
Stacey said meeting the Prime Minister had made it an “incredible day”.
“He was really interested and asked loads of questions,” she said.
The 50 jobs created in Yorkshire will be among 1,000 BT is recruiting nationally as it rolls out its high speed broadband network.
Liv Garfield, chief executive of BT’s Openreach business, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of our apprentices today and their enthusiasm when explaining the technology behind our fibre roll-out to the Prime Minister.”
Earlier, Mr Cameron gave a speech to an audience of business leaders where he insisted the Government would not change course from its economic plans.
The Prime Minister said critics calling for the Government to borrow and spend more were behaving as if there was a “magic money tree”.
Failing to deal with the country’s debts would lead to higher interest rates that would hit families, he said.
And he rounded on Conservatives demanding he make further tax cuts, insisting any reductions had to be paid for.
He said major changes were needed to make the country more competitive in areas such as planning, housing and transport and they would prove unpopular in some quarters.
“Make no mistake, in this battle for the future of Britain, I am prepared to roll up my sleeves and fight,” he said.