Firms forge ahead with apprenticeships

16th November 2007 at 00:00

Skills minister David Lammy inspected an apprenticeship success story made in Sheffield.

Sheffield Forgemasters says apprentices account for 10 per cent of its workforce, which earned it a visit from the minister as he aims for 500,000 apprenticeships by 2020. In June 2002, the company was just hours from closure before a last-minute buy-out. Since then, it has relied increasingly on apprenticeships.

Graham Honeyman, a director, said: "Simply taking youngsters from college or poaching them from other firms wasn't the answer. We needed to train our own apprentices to work on equipment unique to us."

Mr Lammy said: "Sheffield Forgemasters is a good example of how having a workforce with the right skills can not only help a company survive adversity, but also thrive.

"I am urging more employers to follow their example. Yorkshire is experiencing serious skills challenges. Employers need to realise that by upskilling their workforce, they will experience significant benefits."

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today