The city of York has become the UK’s sixth top-performing local authority within the apprenticeship sector after reporting a 30% increase in the amount of young recruits it has taken on.
According to figures released by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), approximately 1,690 York citizens have started an apprenticeship between 2014 and 2015.
The increase has been mainly put down to the local authority’s council-led Apprenticeship Hub, which enables small business owners gain a new employee at a fraction of the cost, while at the same time gaining greater links to the local council and apprenticeship providers.
‘‘It’s good to see work with partners across York paying off, creating opportunities for our residents as well as helping businesses to grow, which we are delighted to support,’’ said Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, who will be attending the city’s annual Apprenticeship Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Thursday 19 November.
‘‘We remain committed to maintaining this growth and continuing to have the York Apprenticeship Hub support businesses looking to create apprenticeships and keep talent within the city.’’