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Apprenticeship Training Agency Launched In Bradford

Corporation Member Richard Wightman, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Principal, Michele Sutton and Terry Davis, Employment and Skills Manager at Bradford Council
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Help for small companies which find it difficult to commit to long-term training is at hand with the launch of the new  £7.7 million Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) in Bradford.

“The College is delighted to enter into a partnership to help strengthen the local talent pool by developing high levels of technical and specialist knowledge and skills.”

Michele Sutton, OBE,  Principal

Designed to create new jobs, apprenticeships and work experience placements, The Apprenticeship Training Agency, is a joint initiative by Bradford College and Bradford Council and was officially launched on Tuesday at Hope Park Business Centre, Bradford.

Developed in conjunction with businesses and employers, the Agency removes the risk of apprenticeships by recruiting trainees who can then be hired on a weekly basis by local companies. The agency is supported by the Leeds City Region’s City Deal and is part of the Get Bradford Working Programme, the largest council-led employment programme in the country.

Bradford Council has recently set aside a further £1.25 million to support the development of advanced skills to aid business growth in the district.

Bradford College Principal Michele Sutton, OBE said: “Apprenticeships are an important route into work for young people to take.

“The College is delighted to enter into a partnership to help strengthen the local talent pool by developing high levels of technical and specialist knowledge and skills.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for employment, skills and culture at Bradford Council, said: “The ATA provides a real opportunity for small businesses to take on an apprentice without having to worry about red tape.

 “There are 15,000 businesses in Bradford and 99 per cent of them are small and medium-sized enterprises so we think a lot of Bradford businesses will take a good look at this initiative in order to grow their business.”

Bradford Council Leader Councillor David Green said: “We are investing a lot of time and money into the Get Bradford Working programme and the launch of the ATA, because we see boosting employment opportunities as a huge investment for the future and absolutely key to the regeneration of this district.”