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Apprenticeship campaign launched ahead of GCSE results

The Business Secretary Vince Cable came to Yorkshire to launch a new campaign which aims to show young people the benefits of on the job training.

With just hours to go before they get their GCSE results - tens of thousands of students across the region are being urged to take up apprenticeships.

But Labour critics say it is now twice as hard to get an apprenticeship as it is to get into university.

Lisa Adlam reports:

Apprentice drive comes to Yorkshire

The Business Secretary Vince Cable has been in Yorkshire today launching a new scheme providing more apprenticeships and encouraging young people to apply for them.

Mr Cable visited the ITV Yorkshire studios and the Emmerdale set in Leeds this morning to see how apprentices here bring the show to life.

He is visiting a range of companies across the city to launch the Government's new campaign calling on young people to "Get In, Go Far" by choosing an apprenticeship:

Best bargain break in Sheffield

The steel city of Sheffield is a real steal when it comes to a value-for-money short break, according to a TripAdvisor survey.

Sheffield's Peace Gardens Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Yorkshire town offered the best bargain one-night break among 20 UK cities surveyed, with Edinburgh proving the place that would set visitors back themost.

TripAdvisor compared the cost of two people having a one-night stay in a four-star hotel in the month of August, with the overall cost figure including a pre-meal cocktail, a meal out and a short taxi ride.

The total cost for Sheffield was £154, with the next least-expensive city being Birmingham (where the cost was £166) followed by Cardiff (£173), Newcastle upon Tyne (£176) and Bristol (£180).

Contrastingly, the cost in Edinburgh was as much as £331, with the hotel alone costing £233. The next most- expensive city was Cambridge (£278) followed by London (£268), Oxford (£256) and Bath (£240).

Sheffield has taken over as best-value city break destination from last year's number one Nottingham which slid to eighth in this year's list.

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said: "For travellers planning a UK break over the upcoming bank holiday weekend, heading north will generally offer the best value for an evening out and overnight stay."

These were the costs for the 20 cities in order of expense:

  • 1. Sheffield £154
  • 2. Birmingham £166
  • 3. Cardiff £173
  • 4. Newcastle upon Tyne £176
  • 5. Bristol £180
  • 6 . Leeds £184
  • 7. Liverpool £190
  • 8. Nottingham £199
  • 9. Manchester £200
  • 10. Belfast £204
  • 11. Southampton £205*
  • 12. Chester £205*
  • 13. Glasgow £218
  • 14. Brighton £237
  • 15. York £238
  • 16. Bath £240
  • 17. Oxford £256
  • 18. London £267
  • 19. Cambridge £277
  • 20. Edinburgh £331


FBU threatens walkout if striker is sacked

The Fire Brigades Union says one of its members faces the sack after turning back while answering a 999 call so he could go on strike.

Firefighters had been called out to a car fire on the M62 in West Yorkshire on Friday when the latest round of strike action began.

The crew says it knew when it turned back that no one was in the car and no lives were at risk. The FBU is now threatening strikes if its member loses his job. Michael Billington reports.

Illegal cigarettes seized

A large quantity of illegal cigarettes were discovered following visits in Bradford. West Yorkshire Trading Standards service were following up on information provided by members of the public.

The seizure included over 1100 packets of suspected counterfeit cigarettes which cannot be legally sold in the UK.

Illegal cigarettes seized by trading standards in Bradford Credit: West Yorkshire Trading Standards

The KEEP IT OUT campaign was launched last month across West Yorkshire and York to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children.

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said “The public must take a more active role to ensure that young people in our communities are protected and can no longer access illegal tobacco. Those that trade in illicit tobacco are exposing young people to unidentified substances that can be contained within illegal tobacco but also encouraging them to take up the habit of smoking as illicit tobacco is more accessible and affordable.”

Bradford City Council is determined to identify and bring to justice those who are involved in this trade. Offenders need to know that they will face consequences if they choose to deal in illegal tobacco.

Councillor Val Slater, Chair of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee, said “Those that trade in illegal tobacco target children and young smokers, the people making money out of this do not care who they sell to. This campaign is about raising awareness amongst local communities and all intelligence received from the public is welcome.”

Payout after half marathon fiasco

The water company involved in this year’s botched Sheffield Half Marathon has agreed to make a contribution to charity after the race was cancelled.

April’s race was axed at the last minute because of insufficient water supplies - although many runners completed the 13-mile course anyway because they could not hear the tannoy announcements.

In the days after the cancelled race, supplier Water Direct said it was not paid by Sheffield Marathon Ltd - but organisers said they were never told to pay in advance.

Voluntary organisers - who came under intense fire for the botched event from thousands of runners and community leaders, as well as international headlines - announced in June that they would not be putting it on again.

Today the former committee released a statement which said: “Following the cancellation of the Sheffield Half marathon event on April 6, Stourbridge Water Direct Limited and The Sheffield Marathon Limited have reached an agreement in conclusion of all matters arising under which a contribution will be made to The Sheffield Marathon Limited for distribution to each of the nominated charities.

“No further comment will be made by either party.”

100 cows trapped by floods

The Environment Agency says it will do what it can to help more than 100 cows on farmland in East Yorkshire trapped by rising flood water.

Farmer Stuart Saunt said a faulty sluice gate had failed to stop tidal water from the Humber Estuary and that the recent heavy rain had made matters worse.

In a statement the Environment Agency said:

“The Environment Agency is responding to flooding on farmland near Hedon in East Yorkshire, following heavy rain this weekend. The intense, localised rainfall caused the water levels in Burstwick Drain to rise onto nearby floodplain land that is used for livestock grazing. The water will drain away but it will take time to do so.

“To help alleviate the flooding, we are looking into the possibility of using a pump on the watercourse, and we will be visiting the farmers to discuss other measures that could be taken. We carry out weed clearance along the Burstwick Drain as part of our annual works programme, and will look at the possibility of doing some additional work here.”

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