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Give them a head start

It is far from a new idea but what a success apprentices have proven to be over the last couple of years. We were proud to launch the Apprentice Challenge with The Star, encouraging businesses to take on young trainees, and are thrilled Sheffield is now leading the rest of the country. We are storming ahead of other major cities in England, with six per cent of our 16 and 17-year-olds taking up apprenticeships - that is nearly double the national average. But the numbers mean nothing when you look at the impact on each individual involved. They are putting their skills to good use, getting training and earning cash as well as getting that all important first step on the career ladder. Apprentices are an old concept but certainly not out-of-date.

Footballers helping out

What a top move from Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones and four of his players - adding their names to Prostate Cancer UK’s new campaign. The aim of Men United v prostate cancer is to unite the football community to help bring about a change in men’s health. Taking action on prostate cancer saves lives and we should all be giving the campaign our backing no matter what team is our favourite. It isn’t an easy thing to talk about and if the Owls’ support raises its profile then that is a great result for everyone.

Farm show is a winner

Bakewell Show has been entertaining families and offering the best in British farming for almost 200 years. That is a great achievement for any event yet this one keeps going from strength to strength. It has adopted new displays, added extra rides and attracted more families than ever over the years. This weekend’s organisers are expecting 65,000 people through the gates - not to mention the 5,000 animals on show. Let’s hope the sun shines for them all.