Kirklees College has announced a renewed corporate partnership with Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA).

The partnership allows the two organisations to support and promote one another, and is also bolstering Kirklees College’s apprenticeship provision, as two apprentices from YABA will join Kirklees College as part of the partnership.

The apprentices already work for YABA and will continue their training and employment with the organisation from Kirklees College’s Huddersfield Centre. Other YABA staff members will also join Kirklees College’s offices, allowing teams from both organisations to work together.

Representatives from YABA and Kirklees College were joined by the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Masood Ahmed, for a meeting to celebrate the partnership.

Clr Ahmed said: “Having attended and worked at Kirklees College, it is always a pleasure to return to see how it has developed over the years. The partnership with the Yorkshire Asian Business Association will hopefully see both organisations flourish and enhance the education and employment opportunities for young people in our borough.”

Palvinder Singh, principal and CEO for Kirklees College, said: “This new stage of our partnership marks the beginning of a new venture for both YABA and the college. Working with YABA allows us to expand our opportunities for young people in a way that reflects the diversity of Kirklees.

“We look forward to welcoming our new apprentices to the Kirklees College community and by having them work in our offices, we will be able to support YABA’s corporate, business and community ventures.”

Sharon Jandhu OBE, from YABA, said: “It was inspiring to see the hard work that the Kirklees College team have done to help local young people and we cannot wait to work with them to continue to improve the lives of the young people. We look forward to bridging the gaps between companies and the college and seeing this new partnership flourish.”

To find out more about YABA, visit You can also find out more about Kirklees College’s apprenticeship provision at