It takes a village…


The Apprentice Finder is Five Years Old!

On 6th April 2017 The Apprentice Finder will be five years old. We thought now would be an appropriate time to reflect on the previous twelve months and also the previous five years. The process has helped us realise how far we have come and the changes that have taken place over that timeframe.

It takes a village…

You may have seen recently that we have been actively supporting young people who have gone on to be recognised and achieved success in their own right. Chloe Gill at Trafficlear has been crowned as the Apprentice of the Year by Baltic Training Services recently and Spectrum 16 have won the Leeds and Wakefield Final of the Young Enterprise competition and now progress to the Regional Final to be held at Kirklees College on 4th May 2017.

Whilst it’s their own respective hard work that has won them their accolades, it cannot be ignored that in both cases the success has been achieved with the help and support of other people with experience you were on hand to guide, mentor, advise them as necessary. This got us thinking that the saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is very relevant in situations where young people are being developed and it highlights the importance of working with people with knowledge and experience in order to be successful in any area.

An example of this is that Trafficlear are conscious that everyone benefits by continuous development, so rather than solely rely on the training provider for Chloe’s development they also engaged with the Kirklees Council Working Smarter Voucher to source additional support. This was provided by Social Progress who delivered training on Social Media use within a business context.

In the case of Spectrum 16, they have developed a publishing concept aimed at Key Stage One children to help them understand social issues through story-telling. Of course being school students they didn’t have industry knowledge, so they called upon Darren Booth of Leeds Graphic Print to help them publish their first book. Many have commented on the quality of the book, which helped them increase sales.


We’re sure that those of you who have known The Apprentice Finder for a while will agree that we’re a business that has gone through change and growth over the five years we’ve been trading. The fundamental service offering remains the same: matching young people looking for careers with employers with work to offer, however how we now go about achieving this is radically different from when Adrian set out to offer the service 5 years ago.

Back then the main focus was on advertising apprenticeship vacancies, sifting and screening candidates and introducing the promising ones to the employers. Whilst this is a service we can still perform, what we’re finding is that we achieve greater success by engaging with students whilst they are still at school. We help them understand what is expected of them and what they can expect in return from embarking on an apprenticeship scheme after leaving school. With that in mind, here’s a reminder of the key benefits to work with us-

Benefits of working with The Apprentice Finder


We help employers achieve sustainable, long-term business growth by helping them use their Apprenticeship Levy effectively. For employers not subject to the levy the principle is the same, however the method of payment will differ (if indeed there is one!).

Apprentice candidates

We help you understand what is expected of you as an apprentice and what you can expect in return. We help you with the application process and offer support so you understand what occupational areas you are suited to.


As an indepenent apprenticeships specialist we help your staff members and students understand the various aspects of apprenticeships and the value they represent. Here’s a short exerpt of the opening of one of our recent presentations at Heckmondwike Grammar School-

Adrian uses his trombone to great effect in schools as part of an engaging presentation that helps students understand the key facets to the work of work. It’s attention grabbing too…

Training providers & colleges

We can help you achieve your contracted targets by offering holistic strategies to employers which will maximise your engagement with them in an appropriate manner.

Get in touch!

Regardless of your situation, we are in a position to help. For an informal initial conversation, please either send an email to or call 01484 90 70 80. You can also complete the form below and we’ll be back in touch. If you’ve enjoyed this update or can see the benefits working with The Apprentice Finder can bring, please share through your social media channels.

We look forward to working with you soon!



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