The work of young apprentices at businesses in Brighouse is being celebrated as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
Apprentices do real jobs for real employers and earn a wage while they learn, building knowledge and employability skills on the job, they work in an organisation and gain a qualification at college.
Kirklees College has been championing apprenticeships this month, with the launch of a series of short films, two open days and a publicity campaign.
Business administration apprentice, Hannah Smith is based at Score Europe Ltd in Brighouse.
Hannah aged 20 and from Huddersfield, features in one of the films.
She said: “I tried A Levels at college, but they weren’t for me. A Levels give you the education, but apprenticeships give you education and experience, which is important.”
The majority of an apprentice’s training takes place in the workplace, with day or block release at college. Kirklees College works with employers to develop and deliver a range of Apprenticeship programmes; ensuring apprentices develop the skills they need for a career in their chosen industry.
Kirklees College principal, Peter McCann said: “Great businesses can succeed with apprentices at the heart, and Apprenticeships can lead to great prospects.
“Apprenticeships are great for businesses, personal careers and creating opportunities for both employers and apprentices.”
Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker visited Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries on Bradford Road, Brighouse, as part of the week.
He also contributed to a video the apprentices at the nursery are preparing to release to Year nine, 10 and 11 pupils at Brighouse High School in March as part of their careers programme.
The video will then be available to all secondary pupils throughout Calderdale and aims to highlight the benefits for students progressing from school onto an apprenticeship and shows the support and progression available.