The Apprenticeship Training Agency, a partnership between Bradford Council and Bradford College, is celebrating placing its first cohort of young adults into full time apprenticeships.
The £7.7million initiative whihs has almost 50 Bradford Employers on board forms part of the Get Bradford Working Programme and ATA Director Stacey Jobson says she has been extremely pleased with the postive reaction so far. For businesses we provide a no risk model, its definetly a win win all round. We provide support and choice for the employers and no other organisations has worked in this way with such a model to help micro- firms before. For the apprentices we have such a diverse range of opportunities anything from the care to the manufacturing sector. If they take on an apprentice employers need not worry about any human resource issues as these are taken care of by the agency.
Paul Woodhead manager at MCC Garage in Manchester Road, Bradford was already an advocate of education programmes with local schools and colleges before becoming involved with the ATA scheme. We invite lots of lads down here to work and I do my best to give them my time. You want them to do the best for themselves and I enjoy giving something back. The garage is working with 17 year-old Joseph Normington, one of 18 individuals to have been placed so far.Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the Councils executive member for employment, skills and culture said " The success of the scheme so far is impressive and there has been an amazing response from Bradford Businesses. I am particularly pleased for the young people who have found work through the agency and there are still some apprenticeships available through the ATA, so I encourage our young people to grasp this opportunity.