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Sheffield Forgemasters is to take on 16 new specialist apprentices at its Brightside Lane plant.

The firm currently has 64 apprentices among its 811-strong workforce and invests more than £1 million of its own funds a year in training.

Chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman, said: “The company places great store in training apprentices. Many of our roles require bespoke training as they are so specialised, but the rewards always come back to the business by the sheer talent that these young people bring to the company.”

Forgemasters’ commitment to training recently led to it winning the Yorkshire and the Humber Apprenticeships Award for Large Employers.

The company was one of two South Yorkshire businesses and three individuals who won one of the eight awards presented on the night.

Other successes were:

n Thomas Bracha, aged 16, from Doncaster, a trainee chef at the Earl of Doncaster. who won The Outward Bound Trust Award for Young Apprentice of the Year.

n Terri-Ann Westerman, aged 32, from Doncaster, a vehicle maintenance and repair apprentice.

Terri-Ann, who is employed by UK Coal, won the EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year.

n Danielle Matthews, aged 19, from Sheffield, who is training to be an IT professional with BT and was named Higher Apprentice of the Year.

n Michael and Margaret Naylor and Associates, the Sheffield-based firm of dental practices.

The firm employs 37 people and has six apprentices and won the Nuclear Decommissioning SLC Medium Employer of the Year Award.