MORE than 100 firms have signed up to a new campaign aimed at getting Huddersfield youngsters into work.
They are part of a project being run at Kirklees College ’s new engineering centre to train workers of the future.
The college has over 100 employers on its books actively seeking the right engineering apprentices to train to become their newest recruits this year.
Kirklees College’s head of engineering, John Mills said: “We are keen to find capable, high achievers who want a career in engineering and offer them an apprenticeship position with one of the many local employers we work with.
“We’re looking for students who gain grade C or above in GCSE maths and English and have recently left or are about to leave school.
“We can open the door to good, well paid careers as mechanical manufacturers, fabricators, welders, CAD engineers and mechanical or electrical maintenance engineers.
“Engineering is the lifeblood of the country, helping every industry to evolve – we want the right students to be part of it.”
The centre has attracted many large companies through the doors and was recently praised by president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (ImechE), Isobel Pollock during her visit for the engineering team’s tireless work to link with local employers.
Since the College’s £7.5m purpose built, Engineering Centre opened its doors in St Andrew’s Road, Turnbridge last August the centre has attracted a record number of applications in both engineering and motor vehicle courses.
Over 1,000 students pass through the doors each week, including approximately 300 apprentices and full and part time students.
Apprentices would earn while they learn, typically working four days a week with a manufacturing company, and spending one day a week learning theory.
Figures show nationally, 935 of manufacturing employers are looking to take on staff over the next twelve months to fill a skills shortage.