Monday, 6 February 2012

City to celebrate apprentices

An award ceremony to celebrate apprentices across the city will be held at the Civic Hall this week.

The first of its kind in Leeds, the awards will reward young and mature apprentices across the city, employers and ambassadors who have been committed to getting people into work.

Organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards will take place in the Civic Hall on Wednesday 8 February from 6pm as part of the celebrations around National Apprenticeship week.

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All media are invited to the awards on Wednesday 8 February at the Civic Hall. Please arrive at 5.45pm and meet at the banqueting hall. There will be chance for interviews and photos with the winners. Please call the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.
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The awards will highlight organisations who are committed to offering Apprenticeships, the work of excellent apprentices and the championing of Apprenticeships and how they make a positive difference to the city.

The awards provide an opportunity for apprentices, employers, schools, academies, learning providers and ambassadors working on Apprenticeships within the city to nominate themselves or others, giving them a chance to shine and gain the recognition they deserve.

The awards will also see the presentation of the ‘Build My Future; Build My Leeds’ competition winners. The competition involved young people aged 16-18 submitting 100 words and an illustration that supported a young persons vision of the benefits that the Leeds Arena and Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre will have for young people in the city.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for employment and skills said:

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of providing people with a new set of skills and knowledge. They offer an employer a good opportunity to employ and develop local talent.”

“The uptake of apprenticeships doubled last year – and we are looking to have the same success this year.

“I wish all the apprentices and employers up for awards the best of luck for the night.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member for children’s services said:

“Addressing the problem of youth unemployment is one of the city’s key priorities, and one of the ways we are going to tackle this is by making sure that all of our young people have the opportunity to gain the experience and skills they need to join the workforce in Leeds.

"I would like to say a big thank you to all those employers and learning providers who are working together to create as many opportunities as possible to help our young people succeed in a very difficult climate.

"This awards ceremony gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all of the young people involved in apprenticeships."

Notes to editors:

The award categories are broken down as follows:

Apprentice Awards

• Young Apprentice of the Year (14–16)

• Apprentice of the Year (16+)

• Making a difference

• Against All Odds

Employer Awards

• Changing the Face of Leeds

• Outstanding Contribution

• Employer of the Year

• Small (1 – 49 employees)

• Medium (50 – 249 employees)

• Large (250+)

Ambassador Awards

• School / Academy Apprenticeship Champion

• Learning Provider of the Year

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Row of Leeds shops are transformed in £3million regeneration

Caption: Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing, and Mervin Jones, chief executive of Yorkshire Housing stood outside the new development, Liberty View.

A row of run-down shops in Morley has been regenerated to develop much needed affordable homes for local residents.

The £3million scheme provided by social housing provider Yorkshire Housing, Leeds City Council, Aire Valley Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)has created 22 environmentally friendly two bedroomed apartments.

The scheme benefits from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels which generate electricity and help to reduce electricity costs for customers. In addition, each apartment has thermal insulation and sound reducing matting to make them energy efficient and to reduce any potential noise transference between properties.

The £3million scheme, named Liberty view has created a six storey building housing 22 two bedroomed apartments, with 16 car parking spaces and two motorbike spaces.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for housing said:

“It is excellent to see another development completed offering extra housing to people in the local area. We have worked closely with the HCA and Yorkshire Housing to develop the scheme and I am pleased to say a number of the properties are offered for social rent.

“This scheme makes a small but important contribution to our efforts to reduce housing waiting lists in Leeds. It offers high quality properties that will provide families with a secure, affordable home for the future.”

Ged Walsh, Business and Development Director at Yorkshire Housing, said:
“We are delighted that we have been able to regenerate this site where much needed affordable housing is in high demand by the people who live local to the area. These properties are a wonderful example of how through partnership working, Yorkshire Housing is able to deliver modern and environmentally-friendly homes to the people who need them most.

“The new apartments are attractive and spacious, and just a stone’s throw from the town centre. The development has transformed the site and has helped rejuvenate this area of Morley."


Notes to editors:

Yorkshire Housing is one of the largest social housing providers dedicated to Yorkshire, managing over 16,000 affordable homes and providing a wide range of care and support services across the region.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450