THE number of apprentices qualifying in Kirklees has more than doubled in just four years.
Some 1,150 apprentices qualified across the district last year compared with 430 in 2004, the Government figures showed.
Across Yorkshire, 15,380 people completed an apprenticeship last year compared with 6,530 four years earlier.
The Yorkshire completion rate is the highest outside London and the south-east. Barnsley and the East Riding showed the biggest improvement, followed by Doncaster, Wakefield, Kirklees, Leeds and York.
Nationally, a total of 112,600 people completed an apprenticeship in 2008, compared to just 49,300 people in 2004.
The figures – published at the end of National Apprenticeships Week, also showed that a record 225,000 people started an apprenticeship in 2007/08.
Regional minister Rosie Winterton said: “Yorkshire and Humber can be proud of the 15,000 newly qualified apprentices last year – and it is great to see numbers are increasing year on year.
“Apprenticeships are increasingly playing a crucial role in ensuring the region can lead the way in economic recovery and be better placed to respond to the demands of a changing future economy.”