A new apprenticeship scheme is set to arrive in Bradford next week as the Council for Mosques launches its first ever Apprenticeship Hub.

In partnership with City Training Services and West Yorkshire Learning Providers, the launch is set to take place on Wednesday 5th March at the Khidmat Centre, in the city.

This event is significant in promoting awareness and aspirations for apprenticeships of young people from the local minority communities.

SUPPORTIVE: President of Council for Mosques, Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, is delighted to offer a ‘wonderful Opportunity’ to youths in Bradford
SUPPORTIVE: President of Council for Mosques, Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, is delighted to offer a ‘wonderful Opportunity’ to youths in Bradford

Young people and parents are invited to come down to talk and receive Information, advice and guidance from employers, National Apprenticeship Service, Connexions, colleges and learning providers.

Set up to attract and support more young people from the minority communities and all faith groups to apply for apprenticeships, the Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub will provide on-going support through a network of providers in writing winning applications, interview techniques and securing apprenticeship opportunities.

The event is partly sponsored by Mangla Jewellers, My Lahore and the WYLP Skills Consortium.

Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, President of Council for Mosques said: “There is a growing recognition that young people from minority ethnic communities need additional encouragement and support to access opportunities.

“Council for Mosques is ideally placed to provide access and support to young people wanting to access the opportunities that the apprenticeship scheme offers.

“Together with our partners, we are bringing these opportunities to the communities in the area. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to earn and learn at the same time.”

Tracey Scott-Milner, City Training Services added he rpraise to the project. “City Training Services are committed to raising awareness of apprenticeships amongst all faiths in the city,” she said.

“With a high youth unemployment rate it is more important than ever that as many local employers, parents, schools and young people are made aware of the options available to them through the apprenticeship programme.”

Ashfaq Gulab, Partnership Manager of West Yorkshire Learning Providers said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to gain real life skills that will give them long term benefit.

“Apprenticeships are the ‘Gold Standard’ in vocational qualifications. It is important that we have different routes into training and learning for our young people. It’s about giving them choice, and fostering their ambition so that they build the skills and confidence to succeed.”

Between 2012 and 2013, 500,000 people started on an apprenticeship scheme, with 10,000 employers offering such positions.

For Further information about the Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub,
contact Hafsha Ali on, H.ali@bradfordcollege.ac.uk