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Forgemasters shows BIS the way with apprenticeships

17 October 2011

A team of top officials from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) visited Sheffield Forgemasters (SFIL), one of the country’s leading apprenticeship providers, as part of research into apprenticeships in the UK.

The team, that is working to expand the number of apprenticeships available across the country, was given a tour of the plant and met with Dr Graham Honeyman, managing director of SFIL.

During their visit to the Brightside Lane site, the officials talked to current SFIL apprentices to find out what makes the company’s apprenticeship scheme among the best in the country.

Dr Honeyman said: “We were delighted to welcome the team from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. At SFIL, we place a high importance on apprenticeships and we were happy to demonstrate how we offer our apprentices a great opportunity to pursue rewarding careers in engineering.

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

A spokeswoman for the team from the BIS said: “Giving young people access to excellent vocational skills training has been highlighted by the government as a key for their personal development and a major contributor for the country’s economic recovery.

“Forgemasters is a company that has a long and proud tradition of apprenticeships. The visit gave us invaluable insights into what lessons could be learnt to support new apprenticeship policies.”

This year SFIL scooped the top prize of Large Employer of the Year at the prestigious annual National Apprenticeship Awards 2011 and for the first time ever featured in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list in England.