Meet our partners

Kirklees Apprenticeships for All (KAFA) is a project part funded by the European Social Fund to ATTRACT, SUPPORT and GROW apprenticeships across the Kirklees Metropolitan District. Kirklees Council is the delivery lead, working with partners; Kirklees College, Kirklees Active Leisure, The University of Huddersfield, Thornton & Ross Ltd & Connect Housing Association.

Kirklees Council

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Kirklees Council is delighted to lead on this ground-breaking partnership of local employers on apprenticeships.

As an employer we are committed to offering quality apprenticeships, ranging from new hires to developing our existing workforce. We have a very successful track record with award-winning programmes.

We are committed to doing even more as we strive to achieve a highly skilled and diverse workforce to deliver our services.

Apprenticeships are a great way to attract diverse talent and to upskill existing staff from entry to senior levels.  This project has allowed us to work with our partners to bring additional investment to support employers in Kirklees.

Councillor Turner, Cabinet Member for Regeneration

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Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL)

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KAL is one of the most progressive Leisure Trusts in the UK and we’re very proud of our achievements. We’re continually developing ourselves and we invest heavily in our products and facilities to provide the best possible experience we can for our customers. We have over 3 million visits per year with an annual turnover of more than £15m, with over 26,000 members and over 7,000 people on swimming lessons.

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University of Huddersfield

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University of Huddersfield is an award-winning gold-rated university in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) with an outstanding record for student satisfaction and employability, and placed in the top ten in the country in both categories. There are over 20,000 students. In 2017, the University won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (Higher Education Academy). It is also a top 15 University in the UK for work placement years in industry (HESA Student Record 17/18).

The University is building on this strong provision and its extensive employer engagement, to offer an increasing number of higher and degree apprenticeships these include qualifications from Level 5 (equivalent to a Foundation Degree) through to Level 7 (equivalent to a Master’s degree). Its mission is to deliver an accessible and inspirational learning experience, to undertake pioneering research and professional practice, and to engage fully with employers and the community.

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Kirklees College

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Kirklees College is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the UK. Each year we train over 1,000 apprentices in 30 occupational areas. Our apprentices are employed at over 1,000 companies throughout West Yorkshire. We have chosen to be involved in the Apprenticeships for All project to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to local employers and provide training opportunities to local people in West Yorkshire.

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Thornton & Ross

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Thornton & Ross part of the STADA group  are one of the UK’s fastest-growing, leading producers of household pharmaceutical products, and own some of the country’s most loved brands such as Covonia®, Hedrin®, Cetraben® as well as the leading disinfectant Zoflora®. Many people in the UK will have a product from Thornton & Ross somewhere at home.

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Connect Housing

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We are a housing association, providing homes and support across West Yorkshire. As a community benefit society we are here to serve the interests of our local communities. We provide 3,400 homes across West Yorkshire for lots of different types of households. This includes homes for families, supported housing for older people, student homes, shared ownership homes and homes for affordable and market rent.

We are involved in Apprenticeships for All to support partners across the region in expanding apprenticeship opportunities and we are looking forward to benefitting from the range of support that will be developed as part of this project, for both ourselves as an employer and also any future apprentices we have on board. We have had multiple successful apprenticeships where we have seen employees grow their skills and go on to great things, and we are excited to pursue this further to help more people upskill and maximise their potential.

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