James becomes 100th apprentice as recruitment campaign in Bradford soars ahead of target

James Blackwell, a new apprentice at Kay-Dee Engineering Plastics Ltd, Shipley

Kay-Dee Engineering Plastics Ltd in Shipley

First published in News

A PROJECT aimed at creating more than 500 new apprenticeship places in Bradford has already helped its 100th apprentice into work.

The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is celebrating achieving the milestone within a year of it beginning, and is ahead of its targets for the number of apprenticeships being created in the district.

The 100th apprentice through the ATA is 18-year-old James Blackwell, of Keighley, who has now been placed as an apprentice assistant technician for 12 months at Kay-Dee Engineering Plastics Ltd, based in Shipley.

The agency was set up last year and is a partnership between Bradford Council and Bradford College. It works closely with all training providers to help equip young people with the skills needed by local employers. It now has 140 Bradford employers on board, many of them small businesses that are short of time and money to recruit.

The apprenticeships it has helped create are in a wide range of industries, from admin and accountancy to fabrication and welding as well as warehousing.

The initiative is part of the Get Bradford Working campaign by Bradford Council to boost employment opportunities for people living in the district.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the Council's executive member for employment, skills and culture, is also chairman of the Apprenticeship Training Agency.

She said: "Congratulations to James on being the 100th apprentice. We are delighted to able to celebrate this milestone.

"This is a result of the Apprenticeship Training Agency team working extremely hard in its first year.

"Apprenticeships are a great alternative to going to university and employers are keen to take on quality apprentices. Those who have invested in an apprentice, say it has helped to grow their business.

"In Bradford we work closely with employers to ensure our employment programmes are providing young people with relevant opportunities.

"Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for a young person to get their foot on the ladder and work their way up. I know of businesses where the head of the company started as an apprentice. It just shows what apprentices can achieve.

"We are now doing more work in schools so that young people and their families learn more about the advantages of apprenticeships."

Michele Sutton, chief executive at Bradford College said: "Plenty of young people want to work and we are here to equip them with the right skills and experience that will get them where they need to be.

"We want to create a career pathway that will lead to a permanent job."

The scheme is funded until September 2015, but it is hoped that it will become a long term sustainable enterprise.

Those looking to be the next apprentice or a business looking to hire an apprentice can contact the ATA on (01274) 925255 or visit atabradford.co.uk

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7:06am Fri 13 Jun 14

Albion. says...

Very good news and not just a gateway to slave labour, as some predicted at it's onset.
Very good news and not just a gateway to slave labour, as some predicted at it's onset. Albion.
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8:35am Fri 13 Jun 14

sorrow&anger says...

Good luck to the apprentices, although one year seems rather short time to become proficient at a trade.

The scheme is funded until September 2015 and, to meet her target, Cllr. Hinchcliffe has to find a further 400 apprentices in the same time period as it took her to place 100. With the best will in the world this is going to be another failure.
Good luck to the apprentices, although one year seems rather short time to become proficient at a trade. The scheme is funded until September 2015 and, to meet her target, Cllr. Hinchcliffe has to find a further 400 apprentices in the same time period as it took her to place 100. With the best will in the world this is going to be another failure. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 29

8:53am Fri 13 Jun 14

BaildonGuy says...

Cllr. Hinchcliffe promises 500 apprenticeships and is on track to deliver 200. At Buck Lane she promised 700 jobs and is on track to deliver less than half. Clearly not a lady who makes a habit of honouring her commitments.
Cllr. Hinchcliffe promises 500 apprenticeships and is on track to deliver 200. At Buck Lane she promised 700 jobs and is on track to deliver less than half. Clearly not a lady who makes a habit of honouring her commitments. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 29

9:08am Fri 13 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

Pointless socialist shop window dressing. Just a way of fiddling the unemployment figures. If there was a proper market for apprenticeships the companies would have provided the training themselves.
Pointless socialist shop window dressing. Just a way of fiddling the unemployment figures. If there was a proper market for apprenticeships the companies would have provided the training themselves. pcmanners
  • Score: 20

9:14am Fri 13 Jun 14

SurprisedByJoyce says...

I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days. SurprisedByJoyce
  • Score: 29

9:23am Fri 13 Jun 14

linebacker2 says...

SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
On the contrary, I think most jobs are over trained. Apart from a few very specialist roles, vast majority of jobs can be learnt by someone with the right aptitude within 6 months.
[quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.[/p][/quote]On the contrary, I think most jobs are over trained. Apart from a few very specialist roles, vast majority of jobs can be learnt by someone with the right aptitude within 6 months. linebacker2
  • Score: 17

9:29am Fri 13 Jun 14

bluebluerobin says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
Cllr. Hinchcliffe promises 500 apprenticeships and is on track to deliver 200. At Buck Lane she promised 700 jobs and is on track to deliver less than half. Clearly not a lady who makes a habit of honouring her commitments.
Now that the Labour Group have taken over the Scrutiny Committees Cllr. Hinchcliffe is immune from criticism. She can turn in what performance she likes and get away with it.
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: Cllr. Hinchcliffe promises 500 apprenticeships and is on track to deliver 200. At Buck Lane she promised 700 jobs and is on track to deliver less than half. Clearly not a lady who makes a habit of honouring her commitments.[/p][/quote]Now that the Labour Group have taken over the Scrutiny Committees Cllr. Hinchcliffe is immune from criticism. She can turn in what performance she likes and get away with it. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 28

9:50am Fri 13 Jun 14

bachtothefuture says...

linebacker2 wrote:
SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
On the contrary, I think most jobs are over trained. Apart from a few very specialist roles, vast majority of jobs can be learnt by someone with the right aptitude within 6 months.
If most jobs only need six months training, how does Bradford get a competitive advantage? There seems little point in making a fuss about apprenticeships. Do we just offer really cheap labour?
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.[/p][/quote]On the contrary, I think most jobs are over trained. Apart from a few very specialist roles, vast majority of jobs can be learnt by someone with the right aptitude within 6 months.[/p][/quote]If most jobs only need six months training, how does Bradford get a competitive advantage? There seems little point in making a fuss about apprenticeships. Do we just offer really cheap labour? bachtothefuture
  • Score: 21

10:01am Fri 13 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

linebacker2 wrote:
SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
On the contrary, I think most jobs are over trained. Apart from a few very specialist roles, vast majority of jobs can be learnt by someone with the right aptitude within 6 months.
If you only need six months, why is Cllr Hinchcliffe offering a years training? This has all the hallmarks of a scam whereby the Tory bosses get handouts from the state in return for nothing. If these apprentices aren’t guaranteed jobs then the scheme is pointless.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.[/p][/quote]On the contrary, I think most jobs are over trained. Apart from a few very specialist roles, vast majority of jobs can be learnt by someone with the right aptitude within 6 months.[/p][/quote]If you only need six months, why is Cllr Hinchcliffe offering a years training? This has all the hallmarks of a scam whereby the Tory bosses get handouts from the state in return for nothing. If these apprentices aren’t guaranteed jobs then the scheme is pointless. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 19

10:07am Fri 13 Jun 14

baildongreen says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
On the contrary, I think most jobs are over trained. Apart from a few very specialist roles, vast majority of jobs can be learnt by someone with the right aptitude within 6 months.
If you only need six months, why is Cllr Hinchcliffe offering a years training? This has all the hallmarks of a scam whereby the Tory bosses get handouts from the state in return for nothing. If these apprentices aren’t guaranteed jobs then the scheme is pointless.
If you can become an engineer in six months why bother paying tens of thousands of pounds to go to university? Clearly what Bradford needs are graduates not one year apprenticeships. The companies should provide these themselves. As usual Cllr Hinchcliffe is barking up the wrong tree.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.[/p][/quote]On the contrary, I think most jobs are over trained. Apart from a few very specialist roles, vast majority of jobs can be learnt by someone with the right aptitude within 6 months.[/p][/quote]If you only need six months, why is Cllr Hinchcliffe offering a years training? This has all the hallmarks of a scam whereby the Tory bosses get handouts from the state in return for nothing. If these apprentices aren’t guaranteed jobs then the scheme is pointless.[/p][/quote]If you can become an engineer in six months why bother paying tens of thousands of pounds to go to university? Clearly what Bradford needs are graduates not one year apprenticeships. The companies should provide these themselves. As usual Cllr Hinchcliffe is barking up the wrong tree. baildongreen
  • Score: 21

11:46am Fri 13 Jun 14

Banni2 says...

SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
Unfortunately the term engineer is used very loosely, but what the matter, at least the young man is in employment unlike the rest of the scroungers who can't get out of bed before 1 o'clock and moan about the lack of funding for their lifestyle.
[quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the term engineer is used very loosely, but what the matter, at least the young man is in employment unlike the rest of the scroungers who can't get out of bed before 1 o'clock and moan about the lack of funding for their lifestyle. Banni2
  • Score: 15

12:38pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

So will there be jobs at the end of these apprenticeships then ?

Or is it all nonsense to make certain politicians and councillors look good?
So will there be jobs at the end of these apprenticeships then ? Or is it all nonsense to make certain politicians and councillors look good? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 18

12:54pm Fri 13 Jun 14

FinlandStation says...

Banni2 wrote:
SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
Unfortunately the term engineer is used very loosely, but what the matter, at least the young man is in employment unlike the rest of the scroungers who can't get out of bed before 1 o'clock and moan about the lack of funding for their lifestyle.
Youth unemployment in Bradford is higher than elsewhere because City Hall has failed to regenerate Bradford, not, as you imply, because most of our young people are idle layabouts. If you truly believe that then you have to explain what it is about Bradford that turns people into scroungers. City Hall’s educational policies, or maybe it’s just something in the air?
[quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the term engineer is used very loosely, but what the matter, at least the young man is in employment unlike the rest of the scroungers who can't get out of bed before 1 o'clock and moan about the lack of funding for their lifestyle.[/p][/quote]Youth unemployment in Bradford is higher than elsewhere because City Hall has failed to regenerate Bradford, not, as you imply, because most of our young people are idle layabouts. If you truly believe that then you have to explain what it is about Bradford that turns people into scroungers. City Hall’s educational policies, or maybe it’s just something in the air? FinlandStation
  • Score: 14

1:44pm Fri 13 Jun 14

gouldengirl says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
So will there be jobs at the end of these apprenticeships then ?

Or is it all nonsense to make certain politicians and councillors look good?
Quite right. Schemes like this that do not offer a permanent job at the end of the trial period are just shop window dressing. They’re cruel too, because they raise hopes in the young people that are not going to be fulfilled. Cllr Hinchcliffe needs to rethink what she is doing. It would be better if she concentrated on her Regeneration job rather than City Hall’s political smoke and mirrors.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: So will there be jobs at the end of these apprenticeships then ? Or is it all nonsense to make certain politicians and councillors look good?[/p][/quote]Quite right. Schemes like this that do not offer a permanent job at the end of the trial period are just shop window dressing. They’re cruel too, because they raise hopes in the young people that are not going to be fulfilled. Cllr Hinchcliffe needs to rethink what she is doing. It would be better if she concentrated on her Regeneration job rather than City Hall’s political smoke and mirrors. gouldengirl
  • Score: 16

2:08pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.
Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme. bcfc1903
  • Score: -16

2:49pm Fri 13 Jun 14

baildongreen says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.
Do you come from planet pollyanna, or work for the Council, -- if that isn't the same thing.

Here is a scheme that is missing its original targets by a mile and is not offering permanent jobs or qualifications. It's just a backdoor way of temporarily reducing Bradford's shameful youth unemployment figures (nearly 4k in June; or 8% compared with 4% nationally).

The only person getting anything out of this will be Cllr Hinchcliffe who will be drawing extra "responsibility" cash for chairing this disaster.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.[/p][/quote]Do you come from planet pollyanna, or work for the Council, -- if that isn't the same thing. Here is a scheme that is missing its original targets by a mile and is not offering permanent jobs or qualifications. It's just a backdoor way of temporarily reducing Bradford's shameful youth unemployment figures (nearly 4k in June; or 8% compared with 4% nationally). The only person getting anything out of this will be Cllr Hinchcliffe who will be drawing extra "responsibility" cash for chairing this disaster. baildongreen
  • Score: 15

3:25pm Fri 13 Jun 14

izzystillbreathing says...

Banni2 wrote:
SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
Unfortunately the term engineer is used very loosely, but what the matter, at least the young man is in employment unlike the rest of the scroungers who can't get out of bed before 1 o'clock and moan about the lack of funding for their lifestyle.
I sometimes think businesses, not the jobless, are the worst scroungers of all. Training employees should be seen as a normal activity and an acceptable and expected part of the cost base. It always used to be.

Refusing to train unless there is a Council handout smacks of blackmail. Taking on a young unemployed knowing that there isn’t a permanent job at the end of the period is nasty and counter productive. These companies are just looking for cheap labour and are taking advantage of people at a low ebb in their lives. Does this Labour Council not have any principles? They used to have.
[quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the term engineer is used very loosely, but what the matter, at least the young man is in employment unlike the rest of the scroungers who can't get out of bed before 1 o'clock and moan about the lack of funding for their lifestyle.[/p][/quote]I sometimes think businesses, not the jobless, are the worst scroungers of all. Training employees should be seen as a normal activity and an acceptable and expected part of the cost base. It always used to be. Refusing to train unless there is a Council handout smacks of blackmail. Taking on a young unemployed knowing that there isn’t a permanent job at the end of the period is nasty and counter productive. These companies are just looking for cheap labour and are taking advantage of people at a low ebb in their lives. Does this Labour Council not have any principles? They used to have. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 13

6:18pm Fri 13 Jun 14

allinittogether says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
Banni2 wrote:
SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.
Unfortunately the term engineer is used very loosely, but what the matter, at least the young man is in employment unlike the rest of the scroungers who can't get out of bed before 1 o'clock and moan about the lack of funding for their lifestyle.
I sometimes think businesses, not the jobless, are the worst scroungers of all. Training employees should be seen as a normal activity and an acceptable and expected part of the cost base. It always used to be.

Refusing to train unless there is a Council handout smacks of blackmail. Taking on a young unemployed knowing that there isn’t a permanent job at the end of the period is nasty and counter productive. These companies are just looking for cheap labour and are taking advantage of people at a low ebb in their lives. Does this Labour Council not have any principles? They used to have.
"Sometimes think"? Have you only just worked that out?
Why do you think there are so many people claiming tax credits? Many businesses are scrounging off the state by paying low wages and expecting the tax payer to pick up the tab.
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: I wish that young man all the best. It’s so hard for youngsters to find a job in Bradford. But is a year enough to turn a school leaver into a proper engineer? I remember when my brother did an apprenticeship it took five years. Everything is skimped these days.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the term engineer is used very loosely, but what the matter, at least the young man is in employment unlike the rest of the scroungers who can't get out of bed before 1 o'clock and moan about the lack of funding for their lifestyle.[/p][/quote]I sometimes think businesses, not the jobless, are the worst scroungers of all. Training employees should be seen as a normal activity and an acceptable and expected part of the cost base. It always used to be. Refusing to train unless there is a Council handout smacks of blackmail. Taking on a young unemployed knowing that there isn’t a permanent job at the end of the period is nasty and counter productive. These companies are just looking for cheap labour and are taking advantage of people at a low ebb in their lives. Does this Labour Council not have any principles? They used to have.[/p][/quote]"Sometimes think"? Have you only just worked that out? Why do you think there are so many people claiming tax credits? Many businesses are scrounging off the state by paying low wages and expecting the tax payer to pick up the tab. allinittogether
  • Score: 7

8:01pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

baildongreen wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.
Do you come from planet pollyanna, or work for the Council, -- if that isn't the same thing.

Here is a scheme that is missing its original targets by a mile and is not offering permanent jobs or qualifications. It's just a backdoor way of temporarily reducing Bradford's shameful youth unemployment figures (nearly 4k in June; or 8% compared with 4% nationally).

The only person getting anything out of this will be Cllr Hinchcliffe who will be drawing extra "responsibility
" cash for chairing this disaster.
Obviously you don't watch much Sky at Night.

I think it's good to get kids working, better still some sort of apprenticeships for the kids to be on. I believe The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is a great idea which does great credit to those involved in setting this scheme up. Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved who are helping young kids in the city to get off the dole and get work experience with a possible job at the end of it, that has to be a great idea and there is nothing wrong in giving credit to all parties involved.
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.[/p][/quote]Do you come from planet pollyanna, or work for the Council, -- if that isn't the same thing. Here is a scheme that is missing its original targets by a mile and is not offering permanent jobs or qualifications. It's just a backdoor way of temporarily reducing Bradford's shameful youth unemployment figures (nearly 4k in June; or 8% compared with 4% nationally). The only person getting anything out of this will be Cllr Hinchcliffe who will be drawing extra "responsibility " cash for chairing this disaster.[/p][/quote]Obviously you don't watch much Sky at Night. I think it's good to get kids working, better still some sort of apprenticeships for the kids to be on. I believe The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is a great idea which does great credit to those involved in setting this scheme up. Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved who are helping young kids in the city to get off the dole and get work experience with a possible job at the end of it, that has to be a great idea and there is nothing wrong in giving credit to all parties involved. bcfc1903
  • Score: -5

9:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

baildongreen says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.
Do you come from planet pollyanna, or work for the Council, -- if that isn't the same thing.

Here is a scheme that is missing its original targets by a mile and is not offering permanent jobs or qualifications. It's just a backdoor way of temporarily reducing Bradford's shameful youth unemployment figures (nearly 4k in June; or 8% compared with 4% nationally).

The only person getting anything out of this will be Cllr Hinchcliffe who will be drawing extra "responsibility

" cash for chairing this disaster.
Obviously you don't watch much Sky at Night.

I think it's good to get kids working, better still some sort of apprenticeships for the kids to be on. I believe The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is a great idea which does great credit to those involved in setting this scheme up. Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved who are helping young kids in the city to get off the dole and get work experience with a possible job at the end of it, that has to be a great idea and there is nothing wrong in giving credit to all parties involved.
Ah vox City Hall.

You said it. "work experience with a possible job at the end". In other words make work.

It would be better if all those noble institutions you mentioned, Bradford College, Bradford Council and Cllr. Hinchcliffe instead of footling about with schemes like this actually started doing something about the big picture and regenerating Bradford. Or if that's too much trouble, they might actually try meeting some of the inflated targets they set themselves instead of hyping their underachievements as a substitute for action.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.[/p][/quote]Do you come from planet pollyanna, or work for the Council, -- if that isn't the same thing. Here is a scheme that is missing its original targets by a mile and is not offering permanent jobs or qualifications. It's just a backdoor way of temporarily reducing Bradford's shameful youth unemployment figures (nearly 4k in June; or 8% compared with 4% nationally). The only person getting anything out of this will be Cllr Hinchcliffe who will be drawing extra "responsibility " cash for chairing this disaster.[/p][/quote]Obviously you don't watch much Sky at Night. I think it's good to get kids working, better still some sort of apprenticeships for the kids to be on. I believe The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is a great idea which does great credit to those involved in setting this scheme up. Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved who are helping young kids in the city to get off the dole and get work experience with a possible job at the end of it, that has to be a great idea and there is nothing wrong in giving credit to all parties involved.[/p][/quote]Ah vox City Hall. You said it. "work experience with a possible job at the end". In other words make work. It would be better if all those noble institutions you mentioned, Bradford College, Bradford Council and Cllr. Hinchcliffe instead of footling about with schemes like this actually started doing something about the big picture and regenerating Bradford. Or if that's too much trouble, they might actually try meeting some of the inflated targets they set themselves instead of hyping their underachievements as a substitute for action. baildongreen
  • Score: 6

10:48pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

baildongreen wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.
Do you come from planet pollyanna, or work for the Council, -- if that isn't the same thing.

Here is a scheme that is missing its original targets by a mile and is not offering permanent jobs or qualifications. It's just a backdoor way of temporarily reducing Bradford's shameful youth unemployment figures (nearly 4k in June; or 8% compared with 4% nationally).

The only person getting anything out of this will be Cllr Hinchcliffe who will be drawing extra "responsibility


" cash for chairing this disaster.
Obviously you don't watch much Sky at Night.

I think it's good to get kids working, better still some sort of apprenticeships for the kids to be on. I believe The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is a great idea which does great credit to those involved in setting this scheme up. Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved who are helping young kids in the city to get off the dole and get work experience with a possible job at the end of it, that has to be a great idea and there is nothing wrong in giving credit to all parties involved.
Ah vox City Hall.

You said it. "work experience with a possible job at the end". In other words make work.

It would be better if all those noble institutions you mentioned, Bradford College, Bradford Council and Cllr. Hinchcliffe instead of footling about with schemes like this actually started doing something about the big picture and regenerating Bradford. Or if that's too much trouble, they might actually try meeting some of the inflated targets they set themselves instead of hyping their underachievements as a substitute for action.
Bradford's regeneration started a while back. Jobs are jobs, some kids will get jobs from this scheme some will get jobs through the firms building the schemes at the moment and when the construction is finished many more jobs will be available. To simply turn a blind eye to Bradford's regeneration is odd to say the least. The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is simply a part of a bigger picture including regeneration schemes which will bring hundreds of jobs to the young of this great city and as I said, those involved, Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved should be commended for giving hope to many young people that otherwise would be drawing dole money with all the damage to self esteem doing that does. It's all good.
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Some excellent work going on here. Great to see kids getting a chance of a good career in different fields of expertise. Once again some cracking work done by both Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved is this brilliant scheme.[/p][/quote]Do you come from planet pollyanna, or work for the Council, -- if that isn't the same thing. Here is a scheme that is missing its original targets by a mile and is not offering permanent jobs or qualifications. It's just a backdoor way of temporarily reducing Bradford's shameful youth unemployment figures (nearly 4k in June; or 8% compared with 4% nationally). The only person getting anything out of this will be Cllr Hinchcliffe who will be drawing extra "responsibility " cash for chairing this disaster.[/p][/quote]Obviously you don't watch much Sky at Night. I think it's good to get kids working, better still some sort of apprenticeships for the kids to be on. I believe The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is a great idea which does great credit to those involved in setting this scheme up. Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved who are helping young kids in the city to get off the dole and get work experience with a possible job at the end of it, that has to be a great idea and there is nothing wrong in giving credit to all parties involved.[/p][/quote]Ah vox City Hall. You said it. "work experience with a possible job at the end". In other words make work. It would be better if all those noble institutions you mentioned, Bradford College, Bradford Council and Cllr. Hinchcliffe instead of footling about with schemes like this actually started doing something about the big picture and regenerating Bradford. Or if that's too much trouble, they might actually try meeting some of the inflated targets they set themselves instead of hyping their underachievements as a substitute for action.[/p][/quote]Bradford's regeneration started a while back. Jobs are jobs, some kids will get jobs from this scheme some will get jobs through the firms building the schemes at the moment and when the construction is finished many more jobs will be available. To simply turn a blind eye to Bradford's regeneration is odd to say the least. The Bradford Apprenticeship Training Agency is simply a part of a bigger picture including regeneration schemes which will bring hundreds of jobs to the young of this great city and as I said, those involved, Bradford College, Bradford Council and the firms involved should be commended for giving hope to many young people that otherwise would be drawing dole money with all the damage to self esteem doing that does. It's all good. bcfc1903
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1:42pm Sat 21 Jun 14

kennystoddart says...

Just to clarify, Bradford have the best engineers in the UK as they won the WorldSkills programme. The level of skills and knowledge of these young people at CMB is fantastic. That would only have been possible with the support of Bradford college and ourselves, Appris. For the doubters of the apprenticeship programme, these lads also completed an advanced apprenticeship over 4 years with a fully employed job from the outset. We also have year 3 apprentices earning over £35k!
Just to clarify, Bradford have the best engineers in the UK as they won the WorldSkills programme. The level of skills and knowledge of these young people at CMB is fantastic. That would only have been possible with the support of Bradford college and ourselves, Appris. For the doubters of the apprenticeship programme, these lads also completed an advanced apprenticeship over 4 years with a fully employed job from the outset. We also have year 3 apprentices earning over £35k! kennystoddart
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1:45pm Sat 21 Jun 14

kennystoddart says...

Ps, with over 100 vacancies in engineering, Appris are certainly seeing an increase in apprenticeships... All fully employed. Other providers are see this too.
Ps, with over 100 vacancies in engineering, Appris are certainly seeing an increase in apprenticeships... All fully employed. Other providers are see this too. kennystoddart
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