Monday, March 1, 2010

News: Apprenticeships rise in Rotherham despite downturn


There are now 50 per cent more apprenticeships being taken up in Rotherham than there were three years ago – in spite of the worst economic downturn for more than half a century.

Annual figures show that 1,500 people in the borough took up places in the past year, outdoing the previous high of 1,400 in 2003-4 and 50 per cent up on the 1,000 during each year in 2005-6 and 2006-7.

Rotherham Borough Council's Cabinet Member for economic development, planning and transportation, Cllr Gerald Smith, said: "This is good news for Rotherham's future prosperity. It's encouraging that local employers are building up a workforce with the skills and expertise they need.

"We hope this is going to be a long-trend. The skills companies pass on to our young people are crucial not just to the local but the national economy."

Gordon Bridge, director at mechanical seal manufacturer AESSEAL, said: "Apprenticeships were the backbone of the success of British industry and it's encouraging to see the trend on the up again. Growing numbers of companies are taking more on, such as ourselves and Newburgh in Rotherham, and Sheffield's DavyMarkham and Forgemasters."

A special apprenticeships event for Rotherham manufacturers and engineers is taking place at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham on March 19.

To book a place for the breakfast briefing contact Nicki Burrow on 01709 336700 or email


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