C&K Careers answers the call for more higher level apprenticeships

Asif and Steve at C&K CareersKirklees Council is urging firms to take on a higher level apprentice through its new grant scheme. The Council is raising awareness among businesses to increase the number of companies offering higher level apprenticeships, which are equivalent to studying for a certificate, diploma or a foundation degree in higher education .

By taking on a higher level apprentice, businesses can build a 'knowledgeable workforce' using its existing well motivated employees or recruiting other well motivated young people who have decided against the traditional higher education route.

Here at C&K careers, where we provide careers information, advice and guidance for young people and adults in Kirklees, we have appointed 20-year-old Asif Zamir, of Dewsbury, as a higher level apprentice.

Asif has spent two years successfully completing his advanced, level three apprenticeship with C&K Careers and is being supported further as he moves on to level four; building on his experience within the company and enabling him to still learn while working.

“The higher level apprenticeship is more cost-effective for our organisation than hiring a graduate. Although there is investment involved, we have the ability to train the apprentice in the way we want them to be trained." Stephen Rodgers, ICT systems manager at C&K Careers.

“Learning while working at C&K Careers has been the best of both worlds for me. I get to come to work and do a job I enjoy in the knowledge that I am continuing to develop my skills and come out with a degree-level qualification at the end of the apprenticeship. I’m really grateful for the support of the company and am committed to giving as much back as possible to them during my apprenticeship.” Asif Zamir, higher level apprentice with C&K Careers.

For further information:

Contact: John, MI/Employer Engagement Manager
Call: 01484 225500
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