Scheme credited with creating 370 apprenticeships

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More than 370 young people have started apprenticeships since the launch of a major initiative in South Yorkshire.

Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s office said the opportunities have been created since Sheffield’s City Deal was agreed last year.

The City Deal gives Sheffield and South Yorkshire greater powers to work with businesses to create skills and training opportunities.

But the number of apprenticeships is lower than in other areas given city deals.

Greater Birmingham has established 1,351 apprenticeships and Greater Manchester 2,755.

Coun Ian Auckland, Sheffield Council’s opposition Liberal Democrat business spokesman, said: “I’m delighted that Nick Clegg’s city deal has already created 370 apprenticeships for young people across Sheffield City Region.

“However it’s clear that, when you compare Sheffield to other areas, local politicians haven’t fulfilled the full potential of the city deal.”

But ruling Labour councillors in Sheffield say that they have invested £500,000 of council money towards helping businesses create apprenticeships in the last two years.

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