Would-be apprentices in West Yorkshire can get advice and information at a new one-stop shop that has opened in the city.
The shop, the brainchild of Wakefield College and Wakefield Council, will help people with writing CVs and those who want to find out about apprenticeships.
It will also match apprenticeships and job vacancies in the area with candidates, as well as supporting visitors with applications.
The venture comes at a time when more and more people in Wakefield are seeing the benefits of apprenticeship training. In the last year, there has been a 12 per cent increase in apprenticeship starts with a total of 3,700 people now undertaking a course, reports the Pontefract and Castleford Express.
Principal of Wakefield College, Sam Wright, said: “Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular way for people of all ages and abilities to get work experience, earn a wage and gain a recognised qualification all at the same time.
Filling a skills gap
“Apprenticeships not only benefit individual learners but also help the local economy by helping fill the skills gap.
“We’re delighted to be working with the council on this joint initiative and look forward to helping more people start an apprenticeship.”
Cllr Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, added: “I am very proud of our role in supporting apprenticeships. I hope this new venture with Wakefield College will encourage even more young people to consider taking this route.
“Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to learn and develop skills that will help them build their future careers.”