Hundreds are expected at a major event in Huddersfield promoting apprenticeships.
The 2014 Kirklees Apprenticeship Event will take place on March 27 from 5.30pm at the John Smith’s Stadium.
It will showcase apprenticeships that provide excellent prospects with real pay and high quality training. Young people across Kirklees and their parents have been invited to find out more about the opportunities available to them.
Attending the event will be over 40 local, regional and national employers and training providers, with many bringing along their apprentices.
There will be apprentices on hand to chat to young people about what it’s really like to be an apprentice, presentations from employers, apprenticeship providers, and the National Apprenticeship Service, as well as application workshops on how to apply and an ‘Ask the Apprentice’ panel.
The event is being managed by C&K Careers on behalf of Kirklees Council and the Kirklees Apprenticeship Hub.
One of their success stories was that of Alex Rawson, who is an apprentice fabricator with the Richard Alan Group. He and two of the groups’ management team met The Duke of York at the Leeds City Region Business Event earlier this month. The company which is based in Dewsbury has a long tradition
of offering a wide range of apprenticeships.
Meanwhile Huddersfield chef and restaurateur Barrington Douglas is singing the praises of apprentices.
From day one, he has developed the skills on offer to the business by taking on apprentices and is encouraging other businesses to see the benefits, and young people to see the opportunities, of apprenticeships.
“The sort of food we specialise in at Discovery Bay is different so there is no ready-made chef that can come in and make the dishes we do. To make sure we have the skills we need we began to take on apprentices on day one and it has paid off hugely for us.
“With an excellent learning provider you get a lot of support which is vital for business owners who are already very busy. Our apprentices get the basic cooking skills and then by spending time in my kitchen they get the Caribbean training they need.”
One of his apprentices on national television when he appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word. La Shaun Price joined Barrington’s team as an apprentice but quickly rose through his team to be the Head Chef.
“La Shaun Price joined me as an apprentice but now runs the kitchen team at Discovery Bay, which continues to include apprentices. When I started my business it controlled me and my life but now I can stand back, work on my plans for the future and run my business.
“My message is quite simply that apprenticeships are good. If you’re a small business, they can help take some of the pressure off you and you can teach them to be loyal to you, loyal to your business and pass your knowledge onto them. They can help your business grow because you can’t grow your business on your own.”
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