Spotlight on apprenticeships


Our approach to apprenticeships

As an employer, apprenticeships offer a valuable opportunity to invest in the development of practical skills and experience for our future workforce.

Professor Wyn Morgan

The University of Sheffield is a champion of apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships offer an alternative route to education through on-the-job skills, experience and qualifications.

For employers, apprenticeships can provide the talent and skills they need for their organisation to succeed.


Apprentice of the Year, Leigh Worsdale

Leigh Worsdale, winner of the 'Apprentice of the Year' award

Leigh Worsdale was named Apprentice of the Year at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre in 2017.

From media appearances, to job offers from around the world, the last 12 months have been a whirlwind for Leigh, the AMRC's first female Apprentice of the Year. The jewel in the crown of her award-winning year was her trip to the USA hosted by Boeing.

Leigh's story

Polymer Apprentice of the Year Oliver Marsh

Oliver Marsh

Oliver Marsh has just scooped a major industry apprenticeship award for helping the UK's largest manufacturer of wheelie bins reduce the cost of its production processes by more than £135,000 a year.

The 21-year old aspiring rock musician, an apprentice with the OnePlastics Group, was the clear winner in the plastic industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – Polymer Apprentice of the Year Award.

Oliver's story

AMRC Training Centre apprentice Sam Cowley

After leaving Tapton School and going into construction, Sam found himself out of work at just 18 and unsure what his next career step should be.

Through the Prince’s Trust Get Started in Product Design course, sponsored by Boeing, he was offered a one-week programme at the AMRC Training Centre, which inspired him to embark on a career in engineering.

Sam's story

University of Sheffield apprentices

The University of Sheffield is committed to providing the highest quality apprenticeships that will impact productivity and growth, not only in our University but also in our city, the wider region and the UK. Read stories from University of Sheffield apprentices

Apprenticeship stories


Our AMRC Training Centre provides advanced apprenticeship and higher-level skills training to power the manufacturing workforce of the future.

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