Published Friday, 8th February 2019

City of York Council hosted it’s first ever city-wide Year 11 Apprenticeship Taster Day at the end of January, following a request from current students.

The taster was attended by almost 80 students and were organised by the York Apprenticeship Hub within City of York Council’s Skills Team.

12 local employers and training providers helped develop York’s first Year 11 Apprenticeship Taster Day for 80 students to experience alternative options to sixth form and colleges

The taster day gave students from local schools the opportunity to experience what it would be like to be an apprentice in a variety of sectors: from quantity surveying to finance, data science to early years and engineering to marketing.

Employers who hosted a taster included Nestlé, Buckingham Group, Network Rail, Aviva, City of York Council, JRHT, YH Training and a variety of early years settings.

For more information, or to find out how to be involved next year, contact the York Apprenticeship Hub on or 01904 553732. You can also visit the York Apprenticeships page on Facebook.

Cllr Keith Myers, executive member for education, children and young people, said: “Over 100 Year 11 school leavers enter into an apprenticeship straight after leaving school in York each year, so the Apprenticeship Taster Day is a great introduction for young people who want to stay and build a career locally.”

Cllr Keith Aspden, executive member for economic development and community engagement, said: “It’s great that a number of local employers attended the Apprenticeship Taster Day last month, which allows us to continue to help young apprentices learn about the opportunities within the city.”

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