Spotlight on young apprentice schemes

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POLITICIANS are visiting Sheffield as part of an inquiry into apprenticeship schemes.

MPs from the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee will be in the city on March 5 and 6 to meet employers who promote or offer apprenticeships as well as trainees enrolled on apprenticeship schemes.

Committee chairman Adrian Bailey said: “Visiting Sheffield will allow the committee to take evidence from a wide range of interested parties.

“Sheffield is home to a number of significant organisations and employers offering innovative and meaningful apprenticeship schemes.

“This is something that is being replicated across the UK and something the committee wants to experience first-hand.”

He said: “This is a hugely important inquiry. Apprenticeships are vital to boosting employment and growth across the country.

“The committee feels it is vital apprenticeships are structured in such a way so as to maximise their potential and to provide young people in the UK with requisite skills for future success.”

Members of the committee, who include Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, will also be visiting other areas of the country.

They want to find out how successful the National Apprenticeship Service has been since it was created in April 2009 and how extra funding promised by the Government can best be spent.