Training accolade for city firms

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Sheffield Forgemasters has won a top accolade at the National Apprenticeship Awards, shortly after being named one of the top 10 UK businesses to watch.

The Brightside Lane company was named Large Employer of the Year at the Apprenticeship Awards, organised by the government-backed National Apprenticeship Service and was named alongside Sheffield dental practice, Michael and Margaret Naylor & Associates, as one of the top 100 employers of apprentices in the UK.

Forgemasters’ chief executive Graham Honeyman said the company was honoured to be named among some of the best businesses across the country.

“We believe a return to traditional apprenticeships and their values is considered vital to the health of Forgemasters and to British industry,” said Mr Honeyman.

Forgemasters invests more than £1 million a year in training apprenticeships programme, in addition to public sector grants that it receives and currently has 64 apprentices among its 811 strong workforce.

Last year more than 250 young people applied for the 30 apprenticeships on offer at the firm and 22 apprentices started foundation degrees to achieve technician status.

Forgemasters was the only Yorkshire company to win a place in the Sunday Times Profit Track Ones to Recognise list, which showcases companies that missed out on a Profit Track listing, but have either had, or predict good profit growth.

Michael and Margaret Naylor & Associates employs eight apprentices, providing a personal development plan and a dedicated manager for each apprentice, while continuously monitoring and evaluating each apprentice’s progression to ensure they reach their full potential.