Bradford Council is once again lauding the valuable contributions of apprentices across the district as part of the National Apprenticeship Week festivities.

Apprenticeships remain a highly sought-after avenue for individuals to earn while they learn, acknowledged by Bradford Council as a crucial pathway for acquiring the necessary skills and experience demanded by the modern workplace.

With a diverse array of apprenticeship standards available, ranging from level two (equivalent to GCSEs) to level seven (masters level qualifications), now is an opportune moment to explore if this career path aligns with your aspirations.

Since April 2017, Bradford Council has strategically utilized apprenticeships to enhance the skills of its existing workforce and engage new apprentices through open positions. A substantial number of over 1000 employees have undergone apprenticeship training in various fields such as early years, health and social care, social work, digital marketing, and management. In the current fiscal year alone, 110 fresh apprentices have commenced their journeys within the Council, with an additional 32 placed in local schools.

External learners are also catered to by Bradford Council through its in-house training provider, Skills for Work. Boasting an impressive 100% pass rate and nearly 70% of learners achieving distinctions in the 2022/23 academic year, this institution stands out as one of the best nationwide.

Molly Bushby, who is currently studying for a Customer Service Practitioner level 2 apprenticeship through Skills for Work said: “The most rewarding part for me has been seeing the development I have made throughout my apprenticeship transition into my work. It has helped me with my confidence levels and customer service skills.

“I think apprenticeships are an amazing option for those who want to get a balance of education and working – it allows you to earn an income and a qualification at the same time.”

As part of the National Apprenticeship Week 2024 celebrations, the popular Apprenticeships Unlocked event from the previous year is set to return to Victoria Hall in Saltaire on Thursday, 8th February. In collaboration with local colleges, this event, supported by the council, enables direct interaction with employers, offering insights into the apprenticeships they provide and guidance on how local colleges can facilitate the initiation of a new career as an apprentice.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills, said: “It’s great that we are once again celebrating the many fantastic contributions that apprentices make to our District.

“Bradford Council and partners are committed to supporting and encouraging people from all ages and backgrounds to consider an apprenticeship. Combining training and education whilst also being in paid employment makes them an excellent pathway into high-quality jobs or to up-skill. They also bring many benefits to the businesses that employ them”.

For comprehensive information on apprenticeships throughout the district and assistance in determining the right fit, individuals are encouraged to reach out to Bradford Council’s all-age careers and employability service, SkillsHouse.

SkillsHouse collaborates with businesses and educational institutions across the district to provide guidance, including details on available apprenticeships and referrals to local colleges and the council’s in-house training provider, Skills for Work.

To delve deeper and make contact, visit www.skillshouse.co.uk or call 01274 437373.

Explore apprentice vacancies within Bradford Council at www.bit.ly/bradfordcounciljobs or via www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.