BAE Apprentices visit Parliament


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This month I was pleased to welcome to Parliament two very impressive young apprentices, Andy Fowler and Brad Hodgeson.  Brad works at BAE Systems Warton and is currently the North West Aerospace Apprentice of the Year.

Following the BAE apprentices visit to Parliament I asked Matthew Hancock MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Education, “does the Minister agree that driving up the quality of apprenticeships is every bit as important as increasing the numbers, if they are truly to have parity with universities?”

His response was, “Next week, I am looking forward to going to see BAE for myself, because it has one of the best apprenticeship systems in the country. A higher quality of apprenticeships is undoubtedly just as important as the number of people going through them, and that is what we will continue to focus on.”

Apprenticeships form a vital part of the Government’s plans for economic growth and education reforms to give opportunities to more young people. Over the lifetime of this Parliament the Government will fund 250,000 more apprenticeships than the last government planned. With the rich manufacturing history of Fylde and the north-west this is welcome news and I hope to see this trend continue in the future.

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