Unions and employers attended an event organised by Yorkshire and the Humber TUC and unionlearn in Hull last week to explore ways to support high quality apprenticeships in the area.
Nearly 40 delegates from across the region heard speakers and discussed best practise at the Hull City of Culture Apprenticeship Conference. The event was staged as part of National Apprenticeships Week and was held at Hull’s KCom Stadium.
Speakers from the Local Enterprise Partnership, Hull City Council, Siemens UK and Unite the Union all demonstrated their support in attracting young people to quality apprenticeships. The event included an interactive session on how unions and employers can work together and build partnerships that work for young people.
Lord Mayor of Hull Councillor Sean Chaytor opened the event, highlighting the importance of skills and apprenticeships to help young people in the local area, before delegates heard speakers from the Local Enterprise Partnership, Hull City Council, Siemens UK and Unite the Union.
Local education provider East Riding College gave an overview of how they support young people and how trade unions can play a significant part. Hull Training and Adult Education were also on hand to discuss opportunities. All delegates took part in an interesting interactive session on how unions and employers can work together and build partnerships that work for young people.
Bill Adams, Regional Secretary of Yorkshire and the Humber TUC said:
The arts and culture programme for the year in Hull celebrates the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography. Young people are at the heart of the programme – it is this group who will inherit the longer-term benefits as a result of our focus around learning and participation.
Trade unions, businesses and organisations working together can make Hull a better place for the people who live and work here, and today’s conference brought people together to explore ways to do this."
Last week’s event was just the start and further events and activities from Yorkshire and Humber TUC and unionlearn are being planned to support the region's young people and apprentices.
Watch out for video footage on the unionlearn website with interviews from the LEP, the College, Siemens and Unite the Union.