Former sports minister and Sheffield MP Richard Caborn has received an accolade for his public service and contributions to sport and manufacturing.
The City and Guilds of London Institute has awarded Mr Caborn an Honorary Fellowship of the City.
It has only given a fellowship to around 500 people in its long history.
Mr Caborn started as an engineering apprentice and was named ‘Craft Apprentice of the Year’ whilst working at Sheffield steel firm Firth Brown, before going on to become Vice President of the Sheffield Trades Council and then an MEP and MP for Sheffield Central. He championed manufacturing trades.
Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the City and Guilds of London Institute, said: “Richard is a prime example of how far an apprenticeship can take you. “
Mr Caborn said: “To be given an honour of such high esteem fills me with pride.
“It was a complete surprise when it was announced that I would be receiving a fellowship.
“I couldn’t have achieved many of the things I have without the help of others, and would like to thank them, along with the City and Guilds of London Institute for this honour.”