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Bring in skills and growth with an apprentice

Apprenticeships can give your workforce the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future.

Creative Employment Programme
The £15m Arts Council England fund is designed to support arts and cultural organisations with the cost of recruiting apprentices and paid interns. For more information or to register your interest, please refer to the documents section or visit their website.

Sponsored by Leeds City Council and Leeds City College the One Million Into Work campaign launched on the 12th March 2014. The campaign provides employers and training providers the unique opportunity of uploading their job vacancies to the specially created Radio Aire website. Vacancies added to the site will receive free advertising for up to six weeks, which includes hundreds of live radio broadcasts directing listeners to the site. Should you wish to take advantage of this opportunity simply visit free advertising and upload your vacancy for free!
There will also be the opportunity as an employer in Leeds for you to pledge to support to our youth employment support schemes - Education Business Partnership and Head Start. The Education Business Partnership seeks support from employers to help deliver world of work sessions in secondary schools across Leeds. Head Start seeks support from employers that can offer young job seekers six week work experience placements that will better equip them to enter sustained employment.
We hope you agree this is a wonderful opportunity for employers across Leeds, and please do take advantage of the free advertising you could receive to help you recruit good quality candidates to your vacancy/vacancies.

Thousands of Leeds companies of all sizes and sectors, from MOT centres to law firms, are taking on apprentices. (Please click on the documents section for further details of how one such company has seen the benefits of recruiting apprentices or watch this short video).


We’ve given free, impartial and expert advice and support to 600 employers in Leeds with their recruitment needs, and can guide you through the red tape and towards the right framework, learning provider and apprentice.

Just ring 0113 2475862 or email employmentleeds@leeds.gov.uk so we can help you bring in the skills you need to grow.

And there is more help for smaller companies. There’s a £1500 grant for any employers taking on an apprentice for the first time, and the Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) which reduces risk and hassle by acting as the employer.