Sheffield MP Nick Clegg Visits Woodhouse Pharmacy Direct

Sheffield MP Nick Clegg Visits Woodhouse Pharmacy Direct

July 24, 2013

Sheffield MP Nick Clegg put his job in the corridors of power on hold to pin on a name badge and make out prescriptions – supervised by an apprentice.

The Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister was shown the ropes at Woodhouse Pharmacy Direct in Sheffield, by Genna Hibberson, aged 18, in her second year of an apprenticeship with the company.

Genna, from Hillsborough, is spending a day with the Liberal Democrat leader in Westminster in September in exchange.

Genna said: “Nick was really eager. We showed him around and explained the processes in terms of getting medication to patients – then he had a go at labelling a prescription to be sent out.

“I’m really happy he has agreed to do the job swap with me. It’s a really good experience.”

Brigette Waring, manager and owner of Woodhouse Pharmacy Direct, said: “As a small local business, it’s brilliant to have the Deputy Prime Minister visit in his role as a Sheffield MP.”

Mr Clegg had met Genna and Brigette a week earlier, at an event to launch 760 apprenticeships run by Sheffield College from September – including a second at Woodhouse Pharmacy Direct.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he agreed to the job swap to promote his ‘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 over the last three years, with 12,270 gaining places since 2010.

Mr Clegg said: “It was great to step into Genna’s shoes and learn more about her role at Woodhouse Pharmacy Direct. I’m extremely grateful to her and all the staff welcoming me into the team. What’s more, I’m already looking forward to seeing Genna in Westminster when the roles will be reversed.

“Apprenticeships are key to that and I would urge business of all shapes and sizes to look at what taking on an apprentice can do for them.

“More and more young people like Genna are learning the skills they need for well-paid careers this way.”


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