Students across Yorkshire mark National Apprenticeship Week
As National Apprenticeship Week arrived last Monday, thousands of students across the county got the chance to experience what life is like in a real business environment.
Providing a sneak peek into what their future career roles may hold, it is a time which has been seized by many students, including Kirklees College’s trainee accountant, Fahad Ahsan.
The former Rastrick High School student, from Huddersfield, is currently studying for a Level 2 Apprenticeship AAT at the college, while working at West Yorkshire Accountancy Services in Huddersfield.
At 17-years-old he is certainly the youngest member of the working staff but says he is ‘definitely part of the team’.
“I would definitely recommend an Apprenticeship as I’m learning lots from colleagues at an accountancy firm and not just from books,” said Fahad.
“I’m part of the team here. I assist my colleagues to learn different skills so then I’ll be ready to take on my own clients.”
Shabnam Malik, co-director and office manager at WYAS, added: “We’ve found it’s a great age to have the young people start – they are confident, committed and willing to learn.
“We have taken on people who have been to university but although they are qualified and have all the theory, they seem to find it more difficult to put into practice.
“I would definitely recommend Apprenticeships to other employers. We’ve had several now and have always had good support from the college.”
Kirklees College joined educational establishments across the country to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week between 9th and 13th March.
Apprenticeships take one to four years and are open to anyone over 16, living in England and not in full time education.