Rixonway Kitchens has become a Yorkshire and the Humber Apprenticeship Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) promoting the key benefits to businesses across the region ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, 6th – 10th February.

The NAS was designed to increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities in England and provides a dedicated service for both employers and learners. Against a backdrop of youth unemployment reaching 1 million in the UK last year, Yorkshire and the Humber saw a big increase in the number of people aged from 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training ‘neets’ from 33,000 to 157,000*.

In 2012, Rixonway will offer six Apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of roles within the business including accountancy, administration, warehouse management, distribution, engineering and transport.

Anthony Knowles, Head of Apprenticeships Employer Accounts (Yorkshire), said: “Rixonway’s involvement as an Apprenticeship Ambassador is key to the success of the programme in Yorkshire. Apprenticeships ensure that a workforce has the practical skills and qualifications that an organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on and off job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business.”

Paul Rose, Chief Executive of Rixonway Kitchens, said: “We have always supported apprentices at Rixonway and have seen great benefits from employing them. Experience has shown us that apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that have invested in them. We chose to become involved in the growing ambassador network to relay our great experiences to other businesses in the region and to help provide opportunities for the future talent in both manufacturing and other areas of the UK economy.”

Anthony added: “Over 130,000 workplaces in England offer Apprenticeships because they understand the benefits to their business which include increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force. There are of course financial benefits too, Apprenticeships can deliver real returns to a company’s bottom line.”