Skills for Work Apprenticeships

Skills for Work deliver apprenticeships to existing members of Staff as well as new recruits.

We want to update you on the increased incentives that was announced in the recent Budget 2021 on March 3rd.  This is fantastic news for Employers thinking about taking on a new apprentice!

Government Incentive: Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.  Link to the Gov Website – Incentives

Youth Incentive: In addition to the government incentive, the youth incentive is also still available, this includes the £1,000 incentive to employers for hiring an apprentice: aged 16 to 18 years old or under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority. 

Further Information

Please email with your requirements or phone me on 07582 104031

School routines at home during lockdown

•School age children are used to routines at school so try to recreate this at home if you can. Lots of schools will have provided timetables. Use these or adapt to fit your day.
•If your child is reluctant to follow your routine, try not to let it get to you. They are also feeling the strain.
•It may take a while to get it right so keep being kind to yourself. Start each new day afresh – don’t worry about what has gone before.

At home with your child/children

In this current lockdown there is even more support from a range of sources. The BBC is showing curriculum based programming every weekday on the CBBC channel and on iPlayer and this is supported with lessons on their website – BBC Bitesize. The popular sports personality Joe Wicks is doing online PE on YouTube. Most schools are now set up to do online learning over Zoom or other similar video meeting tools.

Winter Reads for Children, Young People and Families

I’m not sure I can guarantee snow this Christmas but I can guarantee some great books to read that will hopefully get the whole family to unwind and start to look forward to a Christmas break. We have some wonderful, unashamedly classic Christmas reads; some laugh-out loud picture books and some wintry page-turners for teens. There’s also the Winter Mini Challenge from the Reading Agency for children to have fun and keep reading during the school holidays. Children can review their books, do online activities and unlock their special virtual badge and certificate.
All the following books are available to borrow from Bradford Libraries. These are just a selection; there are many more titles on Bradford Libraries catalogue. All books are available to borrow via our Order & Collect service. For more details of how to use Order & Collect visit And don’t forget we have eBooks and eAudio Books too. Click here for Borrowbox.
If you are not finding titles of books that you feel would enhance our children’s book stock and enrich children’s understanding, learning or reading enjoyment please email Development Officer for Children and Young People ( with your suggestions.

The Winter Mini Challenge from the Reading Agency

If you’re a fan of the annual summer reading challenge then you’ll love the Winter Mini Challenge from The Reading Agency. This winter they have teamed up with award-winning inclusive publisher Knights Of to run an Everyone Is a Hero themed Mini Challenge – to celebrate heroes in all their forms and keep children reading this winter. The Winter Mini Challenge runs until Friday 15 January 2021- it encourages children to keep up their reading habits over the winter holidays, with a free-to-access website featuring rewards and incentives for reading and reviewing books. This year’s Mini Challenge features characters from books published by Knights Of, including those from Knights and Bikes (written by Gabrielle Kent; illustrated by Rex Crowle), High-Rise Mystery (written by Sharna Jackson; illustrated by Wumzum), and the Run series (written by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Selom Sunu). Knights Of have also created a special booklist of their favourite titles to try during the Challenge. The list is full of heroes that inspire, challenge and push the definition of what it means to be a hero. Children can visit the Winter Mini Challenge website at from 1 December 2020 to start rating and
reviewing their books and enjoying the online activities. They need to read three books to unlock the special virtual badge and certificate.


Libraries Week 2020 is nearly here. 5-10 October. Only two weeks to go! Programme brochure now live

Check the brochure to book tickets for our events. Introduction to Libraries Week from Christine May, Interim Head of Bradford Libraries Bradford Libraries are proud and excited to be celebrating national Libraries Week, an annual showcase of the best that libraries have to offer. Each year we explore the innovative and surprising things that libraries are doing to support their communities. In 2020, Libraries Week will take place between the 5th and 10th October, celebrating the nation’s much-loved libraries and their vital role in the UK’s book culture. Across the District we are offering a full and varied programme of activities and events for children, adults and families to participate in – something for everyone. I hope this brochure will inspire and encourage you to take a fresh look at what our libraries have to offer – even in these unique and challenging times – and to try something new. Don’t forget you can still borrow books using our Order & Collect and Home Library services, and of course our e-books offer. To find details of these and more please visit our web pages at:

Summer Reading Challenge

This year the ever popular Summer Reading Challenge will launch on July 13 and all children from 4 to 14 years can register for a Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge pack when they collect their book orders.
The Summer Reading Challenge is also available at