Published : 05/07/2013 00:00

UK’s biggest firms in Leeds to search for apprenticeship talent of the future

Some of the UK’s biggest firms turned out in force this week to seek out the talented apprentices of the future across Leeds and help educate local young people about the career benefits of an Apprenticeship.
The event, staged at Leeds Town Hall, was spearheaded by Leeds City Council and the National Apprenticeship Service and attended by firms ranging from Barclays Bank and Aldi to East Coast Trains and Leeds Building Society.
Over 1000 youngsters turned out to the event to gain invaluable information and advice about the options an apprenticeship could give to them in the next stage of their careers.
As well as providing information about Apprenticeships to youngsters who will shortly be receiving their GCSE or A-Level results, many firms were also directly looking for Leeds apprentices who can transform their business.
Stephanie Crowley (17) attended the event and commented:
 “I would prefer to be doing a job while I am in college. I like an Apprenticeship as it gives you a chance to earn while you learn.”
Haiqa Patel added:
 “I’m looking at apprenticeships because I want to finish my A-Levels but don’t want to go to university because I don’t want to get into debt.”
Gemma Sunley (17), said:
 “I already knew a bit about Apprenticeships. I have registered for Apprenticeship vacancies and I am looking for something in childcare. This event has been really helpful for advice and guidance. I want to do an Apprenticeship because I am more of a practical person, so I like to study but would also like to get paid, like a job.”

Cllr Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said:
“There was a great turnout for the event – it was a real success both for employers and young people.
“The next few months spell out the start of a career for a number of our city’s young people now they have finished their exams and are thinking what to do next. Apprenticeships are a very real way for people to start their careers, and we have plenty of young people willing to take these opportunities.”
Anthony Knowles, Head of Employer Accounts for the National Apprenticeship Service in Yorkshire and the Humber, said:
"With the critical GCSE and A-Level exam results out next month, this week’s event was perfect timing for youngster across Leeds - especially as Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for young people seeking an alternative route to a career than via university.”
Gary Waddington, Leeds United Foundation, said:
 “A really positive event for us. We’ve had a lot of interest, especially in coaching roles. It’s impressive because all the young people have come here off their own back; taking the positive step of looking for an Apprenticeship.
“We’ve had a lot of young people come to us telling us they’re considering it instead of university.”  
For those people seeking an Apprenticeship vacancy (AV) - or for employers wanting to advertise one - please visit or call 08000 150 600. You can download AV Search via the Android or iTunes app stores to find Apprenticeship vacancies in your area.
As part of the evening hundreds of young people looking to start their careers in everything from childcare to engineering left their details. Employers who have a skills gap and want free impartial advice on whether an apprenticeship can help their business grow should contact Employment Leeds, part of Leeds City Council, on 0113 2475862.
Notes to editors

National Apprenticeship Service
We enable our nation to generate a more highly skilled workforce. Through Apprenticeships, skills competitions and awards, which create opportunity, support development and showcase excellence.  Our endeavours enable us to:
– Transform the lives of our people.
– Stimulate growth and strengthen our economy.
– Instil pride in the skilled people of our nation.
Visit for more information.
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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450