Businesses across the UK are being encouraged to provide apprentice schemes for people wanting to start a new career as part of Apprentice Week 2014.
And Morley business Hytal Kitchen and Bedrooms Limited has embraced the idea by taking on its first apprentice.
Joe Hartley, 20, joined the firm in Fountain Street, two weeks ago.
He will learn the trade of kitchen fitting and hopes to secure a job with the company at the end of his training.
Joe, who lives in Morley, said: “Working at Hytal Kitchens is great. In the two weeks I have worked here I have learnt so much and every day is different which keeps the job interesting.”
To get an idea of how the whole business runs, Joe works with an experienced field installer who teaches him how to install the kitchen units he has built.
He said: “I think apprenticeships are very important because employers are keen to develop their staff,
“I would strongly advise people to try and get an apprenticeship as they will gain a great career.”
Joe said he would also like to be a mentor in the future.
“I would like to be able to pass my knowledge on to another apprentice one day,” he said.
The company said it would recommend taking on an apprentice to any business.
Hytal’s Joanne Best said: “Apprentices are open-minded to learning and developing key skills and recruiting them can be simple with the help of agencies. It saves businesses valuable time and money.”