Information is key to boosting apprenticeships in Leeds

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A NEW drive has been launched in Leeds to promote the benefits of apprenticeships and get the necessary information over to youngsters quicker and clearer.

Leeds city council is running a number of workshops with young people who are looking to start an apprenticeship, are already working as an apprentice or those who have completed their training.

The overall aim is to gauge a better understanding about how young people want to get information about apprenticeships, at what age and what kind of support they want, something the authority admits has been slow to filter through in the past.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s leisure and skills portfolio holder, said: “A key priority for the council is getting young people into work. An apprenticeship offers a great starting point where you can earn while you learn. Some of the feedback we have received from young people indicates that they would like to receive information about at an earlier stage in school so they can take more time to make choices and are ahead of the game when it comes to finding out about the qualifications, training and jobs available to them.

“We have a large number of apprenticeships available across the city, and we want to make sure we are communicating with as many young people as possible, so these opportunities are not missed.”

There are currently over 100 live apprenticeships available in Leeds in various sectors. In the last 12 months, 6,576 young people have started an attachment.

The YEP reported recently that the number of Leeds teenagers starting apprenticeships fell by almost 35 per cent in 2012/13. However major work is under way to boost numbers, through the new Apprenticeship Training Agency and a Government-funded Apprenticeship Hub.

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