The LEP’s 1,000 Apprenticeship Starts Success

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has seen over 1,000 young aged 16 to 24 have started an apprenticeship as a direct result of the LEP Apprenticeship Programme in the City Region.  

Roger Marsh, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said:

“I am thrilled and proud that our programme is improving career prospects for so many young people in the City Region and that the businesses supporting them are seeing the benefits of investing in new talent which, in turn, boosts economic growth.

I’m absolutely delighted that we have reached this significant milestone, supporting 1,000 young people into the workplace.  I hope that this year’s National Apprenticeship Week will continue to raise the profile of apprenticeships amongst young people and businesses in our region and we look forward to continuing our work through our Apprenticeship Programme to ensure that more people can realise the benefits of an apprenticeship.”

Apprenticeships are fast becoming a career choice for young people with a range of opportunities in professions including business administration, finance, healthcare, information technology and law.

A new City Region vacancies information service has been launched by the LEP to enable more young people to benefit from the apprenticeship opportunities on offer.

The LEP’s Apprenticeship Programme also aims to encourage more SMEs to offer apprenticeships. So far, over 1,500 SMEs have signed up to take on an apprentice as a result of the programme.

Businesses interested in recruiting an apprentice can get free, impartial information through the LEP Apprenticeship Programme. See www.apprenticeship-hubs.co.uk for further information.