The district’s main social housing provider has taken on seven apprentices.
Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) has employed two trainee electricians, a bricklayer, a joiner and a roofer.
For the first time the organisation has taken on two apprentices in IT.
The seven apprentices, all aged between 16 and 19, met WDH chief executive Kevin Dodd at WDH’s offices at Merefield House, Glass Houghton, to sign their contracts.
Mr Dodd said: “We are delighted to welcome our new apprentices on board and have high hopes for them all.
“This is a proud and exciting day for them, their families and for WDH and we look forward to helping nurture their skills over the coming years to turn them into top quality professionals in the future.”
Apprentice bricklayer Brad Linley, 18, from Lupset, in Wakefield, said: “I’m really pleased to have been given the opportunity to do an apprenticeship at WDH because it’s a chance to learn the trade and is a great platform for the rest of my career.”
WDH manages 31,000 properties and employs 1,400 people.