Leeds apprenticeships drive creates hundreds of roles

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Over 500 apprenticeships in small and medium sized businesses have been created in Leeds since 2013, new figures have revealed.

This follows the launch of an apprenticeship programme funded by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which through the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub has been working closely with businesses in the city to encourage the recruitment of young talent in their company. From January 2013 to March 2016, 512 apprenticeships were started for 16-24 year olds specifically in businesses who had not previously offered a training opportunity or employed an apprenticeship in the last 12 months. In total, 724 businesses were also engaged in Leeds over the first phase of the programme.

Due to the success of the programme across eight local apprenticeship hubs in the city region, which has all together seen 2,941 businesses supported and 2,367 apprenticeships created, the innovative project has now been extended until the end of October 2016.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for employment, enterprise and opportunity said: “We are working extremely hard with a range of partners to open up new and exciting apprenticeship opportunities in Leeds for our young people. It is extremely positive news therefore that this innovative programme by the LEP, which the council has helped to deliver through the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub, has created over 500 meaningful and paid apprenticeships for 18-24 year olds. With the scheme now extended until October this year, I hope that we will see more businesses wanting to get involved.”

Contact the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub on Facebook or Twitter, or on 0113 2475862. Or see www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Jobs.aspx.