Double Century for The Hub

20 January 2016

Over 500 Wakefield SMEs have now committed to taking on an apprentice through Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub. This commitment represents the massive success of the current scheme which continues to work with local employers to boost the aspirations of young people in the district.

A total of 350 apprentices have been placed through the Hub since 2013.  Wakefield is one of the most successful hubs in the country and was highlighted as an example of best practice by the Cabinet Office in their recent review of the Leeds City Region apprenticeship programme.

The Apprenticeship Hub works in partnership with the rest of Economic Growth service in Wakefield Council, providing comprehensive support for skills, funding, business advice, events and recruitment.

Speaking about the comprehensive service provided by the Apprenticeship Hub and wider Economic Growth Service, Peter Reed-Forrester of CommunityUK said;

“The Council’s Economic Growth team have been excellent in providing with all of the support and advice needed since we relocated to the Wakefield area from Havant.

Their ongoing support has been essential in ensuring that we have access to all of the resources that are available to us under the LEP including information about local grants and the skills service. They have been incredibly helpful in sourcing suitable apprenticeship candidates and in reviewing training providers from the local area.

Wakefield Council team, who have been on-hand throughout the entire recruitment process and who’ve provided us with all of the information necessary to make the right decision for our business, we were able to find a superb apprentice and we are looking forward to working with the team to find even more candidates from the Wakefield area during 2016”.

To find out more about Apprenticeships and what they can offer your business contact Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub, either on 01924 302703 or via email at or visit the national Apprenticeship website on