ALMOST 800 young people leaving school this year in Kirklees are expected to look for apprenticeships and work based training.
Last year, 238 Kirklees school leavers secured an apprenticeship, but the impact of the recession was clear as this number was as high as 639 a year earlier.
With unemployment in the 16-18 age group running at 1,202, Calderdale & Kirklees Careers are working closely with local employers, training providers and the National Apprenticeship Service to increase the number of opportunities for young people across the area.
To help them, Connexions Kirklees will be holding a ‘Sort It’ event at the Galpharm Stadium.
The event is specially designed for school and college leavers and their parents. There will be a range of exhibitors and a series of workshops to provide information advice and guidance on the range of apprenticeships and training available across Kirklees, West Yorkshire and nationally.
A spokesman for Kirklees Building Services said: “The benefit that apprenticeship training gives us as a business is that the skills that our current workforce possess are passed onto the next generation of craftworker and this helps us to maintain a good quality of workmanship.
“If we weren't able to apprentice-train, a lot of these skills would be lost.”
The Sort It event takes place on Tuesday, March 30, in the English Partnership Suite at the Galpharm, 3pm to 7pm.