Commuters walking through Leeds train station found their journeys brightened up yesterday with a burst of live music on the forecourt.
A flashmob sprang into action to entertain passers-by by belting out the iconic ‘It Takes Two’ by Marvin Gaye, complete with guitars and trombone.
The spectacle was to mark the launch of The Greater Together campaign, which aims to encourage as many employers as possible to commit to an apprenticeship between February 2 and March 27.
The campaign is supported by a unique partnership between the National Apprenticeship Service and 14 training organisations, including Leeds College of Building.
Nick Wilson, deputy director, for employer and delivery services for the National Apprenticeship Service in Yorkshire, said: “The Greater Together campaign is based on the philosophy that by working collectively a much greater impact can be achieved. With this in mind we hope to secure hundreds of new apprenticeships over the eight week period.
“It’s a big task but together we will work to help our region’s employers see the range of benefits apprenticeships deliver and make it easy for them to get on board. For businesses, hiring an apprentice is a great way of attracting new talent and developing a motivated, skilled and diverse workforce.
“It is vital that we demonstrate how all employers can grow their company and profit through apprenticeships and this campaign does that.”
Any employers who want to get involved in this year’s initiative, should follow the campaign on Twitter @BeGreatTogether for more information.
Alternatively, visit www.greatertogether.co.uk. The campaign is also looking for existing apprenticeship employers to nominate a fellow company which they think would benefit from taking on an apprentice, by using the hashtag #EmployerNominate.
The National Apprenticeship Service supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships throughout England, providing a dedicated service for both employers and learners.
Performing arts students from Gateshead College took part in the flashmob.