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APPRENTICESHIP schemes in Sheffield have been highlighted to MPs with members of a House of Commons committee visiting city firms.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, organised the visit for members of the House of Commons business, innovation and skills select Committee.

Mr Blomfield, who has taken on an apprentice in his constituency office, brought the committee to Sheffield to see local apprenticeship schemes and hear evidence from employers and apprentices at an event at Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The MP, pictured above, who has called for apprenticeships to be further developed and small businesses given help to take on trainees, said: “Apprenticeships shouldn’t be seen as only providing basic skills, but offering the opportunity to train to the highest level.

“They should offer professional development pathways where people can continue as far as they can, but crucially can jump on and off when it suits them and their employer. We’ve got to make it easier for small businesses to take on apprentices, taking the risk and the bureaucracy out of the process.”