Sheffield girl in ‘job swap’ with Deputy PM Clegg

(l-r) Genna Hibberson, Nick Clegg MP and Brigitte Waring at the Westminster Reception for apprenticeships.
(l-r) Genna Hibberson, Nick Clegg MP and Brigitte Waring at the Westminster Reception for apprenticeships.

A Sheffield apprentice who showed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg the ropes at the pharmacy where she works has spent a day in Parliament.

Genna Hibberson, aged 18, and an apprentice pharmacy technician at Woodhouse Pharmacy Direct, took part in a job swap with Hallam MP Mr Clegg.

The initiative involved Mr Clegg spending time at Genna’s workplace – while she spent a day in London.

Genna visited Westminster to learn more about Mr Clegg’s role at the heart of Government and, along with her employer Brigitte Waring, attended a special reception to help promote apprenticeships.

The job swap aimed to highlight Mr Clegg’s ‘One Million jobs campaign’, which aims to see the number of businesses offering apprenticeships double.

Sheffield has seen a 54 per cent increase in people starting apprenticeships, bringing the total number of people who have benefited from an apprenticeship since 2010 to 12,270 so far.

Sheffield Council is also providing £500,000 towards creating apprenticeships.

Genna said: “It was great to have the chance to learn more about Nick’s role. It was the first time I have been to London and the experience has been a real eye opener.”

Brigitte Waring, manager and owner of Woodhouse Pharmacy Direct, who accompanied Genna, said: “The whole experience has been fantastic.”

Mr Clegg said: “I was delighted to welcome Genna to Westminster. I have been hugely impressed and she is a great example to other Sheffield youngsters.”