Kirklees Council is offering almost 60 apprenticeships this month – and has an impressive track record of offering apprentices permanent jobs.

A report to the council’s Personnel Committee revealed that the council currently has 70 apprentices and over the last six months 93% of those completing their training have secured jobs with the council.

This month almost 60 vacancies will be advertised and there is an apprenticeship recruitment event at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield on Wednesday March 16 (4pm-8pm).

The council is looking to recruit apprentices for a wide variety of roles including payroll, IT, library, youth work, digital marketing, finance, horticulture, customer service, business support, insurance, civil engineering, construction trades and teaching assistants.

Kirklees has taken on 79 young people under the Government’s Kickstart scheme aimed at those aged 16-24 at risk of long-term unemployment.

From 22 placements completed, half have moved into jobs both within the council and outside. “This is a very positive outcome acknowledging the scheme is aimed at young people at risk of long-term unemployment,” says the report.

“Job destinations include entry-level jobs in the council. Others have gained jobs elsewhere including as a trainee accountant, school-based role, call centre work and business support at West Yorkshire Combined Authority.”

Council staff attended a Kickstart recruitment day at the Job Centre and seven Kickstart roles were filled in adult social care.

This month the council is to hold interactive workshops for Kickstarters to promote apprenticeship vacancies and help them make quality applications.

To see the current apprenticeship vacancies at Kirklees Council click HERE