A TEAM of top officials from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills has toured Sheffield Forgemasters as part of a programme of research into apprenticeships.
During their visit to the Brightside Lane site, the officials met with Forgemasters’ managing director, Dr Graham Honeyman and apprentices who are training at the firm, which was named Large Employer of the Year at the prestigious annual National Apprenticeship Awards.
Dr Honeyman said: “We were delighted to welcome the team from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. At SFIL, we place a high importance on apprenticeships and we were happy to demonstrate how we offer our apprentices a great opportunity to pursue rewarding careers in engineering.
“We believe a return to traditional apprenticeships and their values is considered vital to the health of Forgemasters and to British industry.”
A spokeswoman for the team from the BIS said: “Giving young people access to excellent vocational skills training has been highlighted by the government as a key for their personal development and a major contributor for the country’s economic recovery.
“Forgemasters is a company that has a long and proud tradition of apprenticeships. The visit gave us invaluable insights into what lessons could be learnt to support new apprenticeship policies.”