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WITH the cost of going to university about to go sky high and the rising numbers of young people out of work, a new scheme launched by the NHS in Sheffield is a welcome boost.

It has just launched a one-year apprentice scheme offering the opportunity to six health workers to get that vital foot on the first rung of the employment ladder.

This is the sort of experience that is so hard to come by but will set them in good stead when it comes to finding permanent work. The NHS is not alone in introducing this scheme.

One of the flagship policies of the Labour group at the city council is also to introduce an apprenticeship scheme, for 200 people aged between 16 and 25. People need to realise that there is no automatic right to a university education, and with the increase in tuition fees alternative sources of employment need to be encouraged and nurtured, with funding put aside for employers to help give young people the chance of learning a trade.

No longer a need for police counters

THERE is something reassuring about having police station inquiry desks - a throwback to the days of the beat bobby and Dixon of Dock Green.

But in reality, they have become a bit of an anachronism for the modern way of policing. New technology has rendered many of the functions carried out by the inquiry desk obsolete.

So the plan to close up to 20 of the least used desks makes financial sense given the budgetary constraints the South Yorkshire police force faces. There will be an emotional, knee-jerk reaction to the proposals. But if we are forced to choose between more police officers and desks where staff sit most of the day not coming into contact with the public, the choice makes itself.

All we need is a reassurance from the chief constable that this is not a precursor to actual stations closing - that would be a retrograde step.

Against all odds

DELIGHTED parents Stacy and James Bodle were able to have the baby they so desperately wanted despite all the odds being against them - thanks to the pioneering treatment available at a Sheffield fertility clinic.

The Doncaster couple are now mum and dad to twins Harry and Libby Rose, but had to endure repeated heartache as Stacy suffered miscarriage after miscarriage, seemingly without explanation.

But experts at the Nether Edge Care Fertility Clinic found the solution in a high calorie diet made up of egg yolks and soya oils. Once again, Sheffield is at the forefront of medical developments - providing treatment which helps dreams come true.

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