Apprentices host event to celebrate apprenticeships in York

16 May 2013 @ 10.01 pm
| News

Issued by City of York Council

A group of apprentices at City of York Council are inviting businesses in York to attend an event to celebrate the growth in Apprenticeships in York and to encourage more businesses to take on apprentices to help them prosper.

The event, which will be hosted by a group of apprentices at the De Grey Rooms on Tuesday 21 May, will also see the launch of a new York Apprenticeship Brokerage Service for smaller businesses across the city, as supported by City Deals funding from Leeds City Region.

The scheme will offer an impartial service to small and medium-sized businesses who would like to know more about the business benefits of Apprenticeships, the funding and grants available and how they can recruit young local talent into the business, supported by a quality training provider.

The event will provide the opportunity to network with other businesses and training providers from across the city, with a Q&A session of our guest panel.

A Government official will be the keynote speaker at the event as well as input from local businesses, including Gordons LLP, who have recently appointed four apprentices on a route that could see their future as Partners in the Law Firm and York College who is one of the largest training providers for apprentices in the city.

Councillor James Alexander, Labour leader of City of York Council who is speaking at the event said: “It is great that apprentices from City of York Council are hosting this event and that they are looking to support Apprenticeships across the city. I am proud to attend this event which looks to celebrate and promote Apprenticeships in York.

“City of York Council has supported the recruitment of around 60 apprentices in the last two years and was recently placed on the National Apprenticeships’ roll of honour, recognising our continued work with apprentices in the city, I am very proud the council has increased the apprenticeship wage significantly since April.”

Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College said “York College is privileged to work with so many talented young people and successful employers as part of the apprenticeship programme. Our apprenticeship students do significantly better than the national averages, and go on to make very successful careers in their chosen field. 

“We are very proud to be associated with these many success stories and delighted to support the York Apprenticeship Brokerage Service which will benefit even more employers and young people in the city.”

If you would like to attend the event next Tuesday 21 May, please email Neil Whitehead, Leader’s Office Apprentice, City of York Council, or call 01904 551948.

For more details about the York Apprenticeship Brokerage Service for smaller businesses, email Jo Burgess, Business Engagement Officer (Apprenticeships and Skills), City of York Council, or ring 01904 552200, mobile 07943 593449.

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