Keighley social housing landlord Incommunities has launched its 2014 apprenticeship recruitment programme.

The group is seeking to train apprentices in plastering, electrical work, plumbing, joinery and painting and decorating.

Anyone aged 16-plus can apply for a place on the scheme, which provides a combination of college-based learning and on-the-job training.

The launch was timed to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week.

Delroy Beverley, director of Incommunities-Propertysolutions who manages the group’s apprenticeship programme, said: “We expect there to be a significant level of interest, and are keen to hear from school leavers, job seekers and people from all walks of life.

“We are proud of our inclusive approach to recruiting, and are aiming to attract a high number of applications from under-represented groups and women who are looking to build life-changing careers.”

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities group chief executive, added: “We are committed to investing in apprenticeships, and see this form of training as extremely important to building a skilled and diverse workforce.”

Visit and click on the home page banner to submit an online application. The deadline is May 5. Call 01274 257051 for further information.

Meanwhile, Craven Council – which currently employs 11 apprentices from Craven College – is celebrating the national week.

Its recruits work in areas ranging from IT to leisure services.

Scheme co-ordinator, Joanne Garnett, said: “We really treasure our apprentices. Investment in their future is an investment in our own. Home-grown talent will help retain the skills necessary to continue providing council services to the community.”