Leeds apprentices to benefit from new charity initiative

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​The Printing Charity​, ​which helps people who work or have worked in printing​ or​ publishing​, is to partner the Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency to help apprentices and people studying for NVQs in print-related organisations in Leeds​.

The charity will help young people with their travel and living expenses while they train.

The Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency works together with SMEs and the Leeds City College to provide apprenticeship employment and training.

​It can also source a one-month free bus pass through a partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Under the partnership, The Printing Charity is funding an additional five-month bus pass for apprentices to travel to and from their place of work.

O​ne apprentice who has benefited from the scheme​ is ​Liam Moses​, who is c​urrently studying for a Level 3 NVQ in Networking and Systems Support​. H​e is a technical support assistant at print management software specialist, AIT.

“I was experiencing some personal financial issues and although I was receiving excellent support from AIT, it was still impacting on my ability to travel to work,” ​he said.

“I’m enjoying my training and leaving without a qualification would have affected my long-term employment prospects. The additional funding from The Printing Charity will enable me to finish my apprenticeship.”

Mark Johnson, The Printing Charity’s ​h​elps and ​f​utures ​m​anager, sa​id​: “Based on Liam’s hourly rate, the five-month bus pass is the equivalent of 17.5 days’ paid work. This initiative is one of the ways the ​c​harity is helping young people develop the skills they need to work in today’s industry.”