Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been to see the first class work of 150 advanced apprentices in Sheffield.
The Sheffield Hallam MP visited the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s training centre with Lib Dem MEP Edward McMillan-Scott.
The pair toured the new University of Sheffield facility and spoke to the apprentices, who all come from local manufacturing businesses which export to the European Union.
Their purpose for the visit was to make the case for the UK to stay in Europe as the countdown begins to the European Elections in less than 12 weeks,
Mr Clegg said: “Many of the apprentices who I have met today are set for successful careers in outstanding local manufacturing companies, many of whom export to Europe and rely on the trade our EU membership brings.
“Those young people don’t deserve to have the rug pulled from under them by the likes of UKIP. They deserve a UK that is in Europe and in work.”
The £20m training centre opened its doors in January.
Apprentices come from a wide range of manufacturers in the Sheffield area including Tata Steel, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters, AES Seal, MTL Group and Newburgh Engineering, and from the AMRC group itself.
Mr McMillan-Scott said: “Tata Steel are just one of many major employers to speak out about the dangers of the UK leaving the EU. It is time we listened.”