Fylde MP welcomes Prime Minister to BAE Warton

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies praised Fylde’s apprentices after introducing three talented young people to Prime Minister David Cameron.

The PM was visiting BAE Systems in Warton to launch a new Degree Apprenticeships scheme while the defence giant announced plans for a new training academy.

During the event, Mr Cameron met apprentices from across the North West and was given a tour of the Eurofighter Typhoon production line.

Mr Menzies hosted trainee workers Wilfred Rhodes from Danbro accountants in Lytham, Jack McGuiness of Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels at Springfields and Matthew Thompson from Submarine Manufacturing & Products – SMP LTD – in Newton.

Following the event, the Member of Parliament said: “I was delighted to introduce these young people from some local companies to the Prime Minister and he was extremely interested to hear about their roles and training.

“He also met a number of apprentices who work at BAE Systems in Warton so was given great examples of the talent we have in Fylde and the wider area.

“While we are all very proud that some of the most advanced engineering in the UK is done at BAE Systems in Fylde, there are also many other local companies which are giving excellent on-the-job training to young people in a wide range of fields.

“Apprenticeships are no longer seen as the poor cousin of a bachelors degree and give people a chance to gain high quality skills and qualifications will in paid employment. The new Degree Apprenticeships programme recognises that.

“I am proud to be part of a Government which is backing young people and investing so heavily in their future.”

Degree Apprenticeships have been co-designed by employers to boost employment prospects for apprentices. The apprentice will be able to gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree without paying any fees as the cost of course fees are shared between Government and employers.

In many cases they will also lead to professional registration or chartered status with a relevant professional body.

The new £15.6m BAE Systems flagship training academy within the new Lancashire Enterprise Zone in Samlesbury will offer state-of-the-art facilities for apprentices and existing employees. It will be completed in time for the 2016 apprenticeship intake.

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