Apprenticeship boost urged

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SHEFFIELD Council is urging the Government to expand the scope of the national apprenticeship scheme.

In Sheffield, the council offered extra support to help young unemployed people, with a pre-apprenticeship training course to prepare them for work, and extra support once employed to help them study for qualifications.

The council has pledged £500,000 to fund the extra support for the next two years.

Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “If the Government adopted Labour’s plan to put a £2 billion tax on the banks to create jobs for young people, the apprenticeship scheme in Sheffield could be expanded several times over. Unemployment has a scaring effect on young people and it is wrong to stand by and do nothing about it.”