More Yorkshire firms to hire apprentices after programme extension

Stafforce, the Leeds-based employment agency, is due to extend its Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) to reach companies in West Yorkshire looking to take on apprentices.

As reported by the Yorkshire Post, the new initiative has been launched in line with the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week in March, and responds to recent figures that show that employers within the regoin are failing to hire apprentices in comparison to the rest of the country.

Stafforce hopes to place 100 pre-vetted apprentices into SMEs over the next 12 months.

Business manager Christian Rudd said: “Employers can gain all the competitive advantage to be had when embracing apprenticeships, while minimising their risk.

“Apprentices are a very potent means to cultivate the talent of the future, lift a company’s skill base and create a committed, able, highly competitive workforce.

“At the same time, employment levels, local economies and personal outcomes are all boosted, as young people earn while they learn real life skills and gain relevant, industry-recognised qualifications.”