A PROJECT aimed at creating more than 500 new apprenticeship places in Bradford has already helped its although apprentice into work.
The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is celebrating achieving the milestone within a year of it beginning, and is ahead of its targets for the number of apprenticeships being created in the district.
The 100th apprentice through the ATA is 18-year-old James Blackwell, of Shipley.
The agency was set up last year and is a partnership between Bradford Council and Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the Council's executive member for employment, skills and culture, is also chairman of the Apprenticeship Training Agency.
She said: "Congratulations to James on being the 100th apprentice. We are delighted to able to celebrate this milestone.
"This is a result of the Apprenticeship Training Agency team working extremely hard in its first year.
"Apprenticeships are a great alternative to going to university and employers are keen to take on quality apprentices. Those who have invested in an apprentice, say it has helped to grow their business.
"In Bradford we work closely with employers to ensure our employment programmes are providing young people with relevant opportunities.
"Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for a young person to get their foot on the ladder and work their way up. I know of businesses where the head of the company started as an apprentice. It just shows what apprentices can achieve.
"We are now doing more work in schools so that young people and their families learn more about the advantages of apprenticeships."
"We want to create a career pathway that will lead to a permanent job"
The scheme is funded until September 2015, but it is hoped that it will become a long term sustainable enterprise