The Duke of York supports initiatives and campaigns aimed at helping young people with Apprenticeships. In November, 2012 HRH became Patron for the Ladder for London – a campaign led by the Evening Standard to encourage the business community to take on Apprentices. Ladder for London has resulted in to 1,300 new Apprenticeships since 2012.
The Duke was impressed by The Evening Standard’s work in London and was keen to take the Ladder for Campaign to other parts of the UK. Recent initiatives include “50 Jobs in 50 Days” in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the “Leeds City Region Apprenticeship Challenge”. In Spring 2014, HRH launched the 2014 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards to recognise the effort and impact the businesses themselves have on the success of the initiatives and the careers of their apprentices.
HRH is now supporting the Ladder for The Black Country. This was launched in the West Midlands on 18th September, 2014. Partners from industry, the community and the media agreed to collaborate and aim to create 500 jobs in the 15 month campaign.
The Duke is Patron of the Ladder for The Black Country and visited The Express and Star to meet apprentices on 24th September, 2014.
Find out more about HRH’s Patronages and Initiatives: http://thedukeofyork.org/initiatives/