Apprentices sign up as job market booms

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A big boost for apprenticeships has been reported at one of Brighouse’s training providers.

More than 100 keen, high-achieving school leavers have started foundation training at Kirkdale Industrial Training Services Ltd (KITS).

The company has had an exceptional start to the annual academic year for its rigorous engineering apprenticeship programme, with figures being the highest number in the last decade.

The engineering ‘rookies’ are embarking on a four year structured apprenticeship programme, with the option to progress to a foundation degree.

David Todhunter, chief executive, said: “A significant number of learners have been fortunate enough to start with employment status, sponsored by a local engineering and manufacturing company.

“The demand for high quality engineering apprentices in this local area has never been greater.

“What employers will get with KITS’ apprenticeship training scheme, is a skilled employee who will, in many cases, remain loyal to the company and grow with it.

“I have known employees who start as apprentices and end up as directors and owners of their own companies.”

As well as developing practical skills for work, learners also cover skills such as health and safety, safeguarding and drug and alcohol awareness.

KITS, which has its headquarters and Skills Training Centre on Armytage Road, Brighouse, also aims to instil good work ethics among its learners – with learners clocking on and clocking off shift as they would do in the workplace. Their punctuality record is monitored at weekly reviews and reports provided to employers.

The aim is that by the end of their training, the apprentices will have the appropriate engineering skills to contribute productively to their companies from day one, working as part of the team, with positive work ethics.