Youngsters look to future

Current Forgemasters apprentice electrician Hannah Berry
Current Forgemasters apprentice electrician Hannah Berry
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More than 700 young people are expected to form a talent pool at a huge apprenticeship event next week.

Youngsters who want to boost their skills by taking on an apprenticeship will be able to meet potential employers at the ‘Apprenticeships - Be Inspired’ event on Tuesday.

Sheffield City Region’s ‘Skills Made Easy’ programme has encouraged as many employers as possible to showcase career-enhancing apprenticeship opportunities.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “This event linking young people and businesses from across the region will help 16 to 18-year-olds get a head start in their chosen career and find out more about the world of work.

“We are striving for Sheffield to be the most business-friendly city in the UK, and increasing the number of apprenticeships is key to this.

“We have worked hard to increase the number of apprenticeships in the city to give businesses the skills they need and young people a positive future.”

The day will culminate in a celebration event for the Sheffield 100 Apprenticeship Scheme, which aims to support young people who would not traditionally take up apprenticeships.

One such youngster is Jack Fereday, aged 19, who was taken on by Sheffield Technology Parks last year.

Jack said: “I’ve always wanted to work with my hands and do something practical ever since helping my dad out with odd jobs at work and around the house. This apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to learn so many new things.”

n National Apprenticeship Week runs from March 3 to 7. See Monday’s paper for a special six-page supplement.