Barnsley firms urged to take on more apprentices

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Businesses in Barnsley are being urged to take on apprentices, with more than 5,000 already working in the town.

National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 9 to 13, is aimed at encouraging small businesses to take on apprentices.

Judy Sidebottom, HR business consultant for business support programme Enterprising Barnsley, said: “Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice, that’s 96 per cent, says it benefits their business, and in two thirds of cases the apprentices stay with the company.

“We’re proud that there are so many apprentices in Barnsley, but we’d love to see even more.”

Bridie Warner-Adsetts, of Naylor Industries, which has nine apprentices on its books, has pledged to take on at least one a year.

“We team up our apprentices with very experienced mentors who work with them to make sure they have a good experience and really learn on the job,” she said.