Kirklees College is supporting National Apprenticeships Week in February.
The college has nearly 600 apprentices, in 17 different occupational areas and works with around 400 employers in the local area - including Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. The college wants to raise awareness of the opportunities to people and other businesses.
The week-long national campaign starts on 7 February and is being championed by the National Apprenticeship Service. The week will include activities and publicity across the country.
With 570 apprentices at Kirklees College, partnership and contracts team leader Mark Connolly wants to share the message that they are not only beneficial for individuals but are proven to be good for business.
Hayley Nutt, 26, is currently a business and administration apprentice at Kirklees College and Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew Choi, Executive Director at the Chamber said:
"We were very impressed with the quality of the candidates and the service provided by Kirklees College. Hayley is a model employee in almost ever respect and it didn't cost us anything to recruit her. The college took care of everything from advertising to sifting applications and making recommendations. I would urge any business thinking of taking on staff to consider an apprentice, there are big cost savings and you might just get the perfect person."
Hayley Nutt, Exports Certification and Customer Services Coordinator said:
"The job fitted with my course in business administration and it looked like it would be an interesting role because I have never worked in certification. I have since achieved my certification qualification ahead of schedule and I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of working in a different and varied sector."
In 2010, Vince Cable secretary for business and innovation announced an extra 75,000 places for adults in apprenticeships by 2014, stating ‘apprenticeships are good for business’.
YouGov research (October 2009) showed that over 80 per cent of people are more likely to use a business if it offers apprenticeships to young people. The same research showed that 94 per cent think it is important that companies support young people by taking on apprentices in a recession
Key statistics from Populus research (February 2009) says that 81 per cent of businesses agree that apprentices make their work place more productive. 82 per cent agree that they provide the skilled workers needed for the future and 67 per cent say they reduce recruitment costs.
Mark Connolly said, “We have a wide range of apprenticeships at Kirklees College covering 17 different curriculum areas and we plan to introduce a number of new areas this year. I know from talking to the employers we work with that apprentices often bring new ideas to a business, can inject new life. They also demonstrate very clearly a company’s most valuable asset; the people it employs.”
The college offers apprenticeships in the following areas:
• Business and administration
• Catering and hospitality
• Children’s care
• Customer service
• Electrical installation
• Engineering (mechanical, electrical and maintenance)
• Health and social care
• Motor vehicle
• Sales and telesales
• Team leading and management
• Vehicle body repair and paint
For more details about apprenticeships at Kirklees College go to www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk or for more information on National Apprenticeships Week 2011 go to www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.
Pictured above from left to right: Hayley Nutt, Exports Certification and Customer Services Coordinator; Andrew Choi, Executive Director at the Chamber and Christine Ward, Kirklees College.