Small business apprentice plea

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SMALL businesses need more support to help take on new apprentices, Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has urged.

Speaking in Parliament, the Labour politician said only eight per cent of small firms took on apprentices last year.

He believes they need more information on how an apprentice could benefit their operation.

He also called for efforts to help overcome any factors which may be preventing small businesses from creating placements.

Mr Blomfield said: “Despite the number of apprenticeships increasing, over half of businesses don’t think apprenticeships are relevant to their business.

“One million young people are now out of work and so it’s essential action is taken to remove the barriers stopping businesses from taking on apprentices.”