KITS welcomes a new Health, Safety and Environmental Manager

KITS are delighted to welcome Graham Hill as our new Health, Safety and Environmental Manager.

Joining us from Nelson and Colne College, Graham is bringing his sound experience of Health and Safety within an Apprenticeships and Training background and is looking forward to working with all of KITS Apprentice Employers’ and members of the Competent Persons Scheme.

If you would like to chat with Graham or have any enquiries with regards to Health and Safety and our Competent Persons Scheme, please contact Graham on 01484 711462.


National Apprenticeships Week 2019

KITS are supporting National Apprenticeships Week 2019.

Apprenticeships are a great alternative to University and for anyone wanting a career Engineering or Motor Vehicle Mechanics, an apprenticeship can be the best way to enter the industry.

Specialising in only Engineering and Motor Vehicle – KITS are industry experts and work with hundreds of local manufacturing, engineering and automotive employers throughout the region.

Why should i do an Apprenticeship with KITS?

  • earn while you learn and get paid a competitive salary.
  • get high quality training in the career of your choice, paid for by your employer and the government.
  • get a boost to your future earnings potential – it is widely known that Apprentices who have completed all of their training will gain higher salary increases.
  • Dedicated training in the skills that Employers want.
  • Good progression opportunities – research shows that Apprentices climb the ranks within companies as they have more hands-on working experience and knowledge.

So if you think an Apprenticeship could be the best route for you or  if you are still unsure and you want to find out more about Engineering or Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships – contact KITS today.

You can call us on 01484 711462.

Engineering and Manufacturing in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire is well-known world-wide for its Advanced Manufacturing and Precision Engineering and its Design and Manufacturing of products ranging from Textiles, Components i.e. valves, turbo-chargers, gears, food and drink products.

Products are being produced using the latest machinery and technology techniques ranging from robotics, CNC Machining and most recently 3D printing alongside traditional techniques like welding.

In West Yorkshire alone there are 5300 manufacturing businesses in West Yorkshire employing around 99,000 people. The largest number of employees are based in and around Kirklees, Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Rotherham and Hull.

Between 2018 and 2024 the Predicted Job Vacancies in Engineering are:

  • Professionals                                                                   9000
  • Associate professional and technical                         10000
  • Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades         23000
  • Production and process operatives                            19000

Manufacturing has an older workforce, with large numbers due to retire in the next decade – making far more opportunities for new entrants and apprentices. It is expected there will around 19,000 vacancies, to replace those who retire.

Apprenticeships are the main route into the Engineering and Manufacturing industry, and you can do this on an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship.

If you are an Engineering Employer and are looking to recruit new Apprentices or if you are interested in becoming an Apprentices and joining the Engineering Industry in West Yorkshire – contact the Employer Engagement Team today on 01484 711462.



18th Edition – Are you up to date with the latest regulations?

The 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations officially launched on 2 July 2018 and are updated Standards in line with all the technological advances upon us, including updated technical data and also includes a new appendix on Energy Efficiency, all of which making new installations safe and compliant.

The guidance recommended that all Electricians, Electrical Contractors and Electrical Engineers undertake the training within 6 months of the launch. From 1st January 2019 it is a requirement that all Electrical Installations designed from this date must comply with BS 7671:2018, 18th Edition (2018).

So, have you completed your training? If not, KITS have regular 18th Edition Courses available to book.

The 4 day course including the two hour City and Guilds 2382 External Multiple Choice Exam will give you the best understanding and training of the latest requirements of the updated regulations.

To book your place, contact our Admin Team on 01484 711462.

Engineering and Motor Vehicle Open Evenings

Engineer Your Future!!

KITS hold regular Open Evenings for the Engineering and Motor Vehicle Courses and Apprenticeships on offer.

The next Open Evenings will run on:

  • Thursday 7 February 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Thursday 7 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Thursday 4 April 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Thursday 25th April 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm

At these events you can have a look around the Skills Training Centre, Engineering and Motor Vehicle Workshops, talk to our Tutors and Advisors and find out all you need to know about the courses and apprenticeships.

If you require any further information please contact the Employer Engagement Team on 01484 711462.


Happy New Year to all of KITS learners and customers. We hope you have a very prosperous and successful year ahead.

If you are looking to recruit an Engineering or Motor Vehicle Apprentice – contact the Employer Engagement Team on 01484 711462.

If you have any training, upskilling or short course needs – contact our Admin Team on 01484 711462.




KITS would like to wish all their Learners and Customers a very happy Christmas and New Year.

We close for the festive period at 3.15pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 8.00am.



2019 Short Course Calendar Now Available

The KITS 2019 Short Course Calendar is now available for download! Bookings can be taken by the KITS Admin team on 01484 711462.


Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships – Apply Now!

Are you 16 to 18 years old and looking to start a career as a Motor Vehicle Mechanic?

KITS are now recruiting learners to be matched into an Apprenticeship position from January to March 2019.

If you would like to find out more about the Apprenticeships and to Apply – come along to the Motor Vehicle Open Event on Thursday 29 November 2018 or Thursday 6th December between 2.00pm to 6.00pm.

If you are unable to attend the event please contact the Motor Vehicle Curriculum Manager on 01484 711462.


New LEP Apprenticeship Grant for Employers.

The LEP (Leeds Enterprise Partnership) have launched a new Apprenticeship Grant, aimed at SME businesses who have taken on their first ever Apprentice within the local authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York.

The grant is worth between £1500 to £2000 for eligible employers.

If you are an employer of a KITS Apprentice, are a SME business with fewer than 50 employees; and have taken on your  first ever Apprentice – then you may be eligible. The Apprentice must be aged between 19 and 24 years, have started their Apprenticeship learning programme since 1 August 2018 and be following a recognised Apprenticeship in Engineering and Manufacturing (including Motor Vehicle). 

The grant launched in August 2018 and we are encouraging businesses to check their eligibility. You can do this by visiting

If you would like more information about the Grant, all the criteria and how to apply you can contact The Employer Engagement Team on 01484 711462.