Mark Menzies MP hosts Skills Minister on visit to BAE Warton


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies welcomed Skills Minister Matthew Hancock to BAE Warton as he completed a job swap exercise with company apprentice Jenny Westworth, Apprenticeship Champion of the Year 2012 in the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Mr Menzies joined Mr Hancock on a tour of the Typhoon Final Assembly Hanger on site where Ms Westworth spoke to the Members of Parliament about the processes involved in building the state-of-the-art aircraft.

Following the tour, Mr Menzies said: “Apprenticeships are key to ensuring Britain’s workforce remains among the most highly skilled in the world and I am proud of the way BAE Warton nurtures future generations of talent with its excellent training schemes.

“The Minister was extremely impressed with the way the company uses apprenticeships throughout the different strands of its business and the level of responsibility it bestows on these stars of the future.

“The fact the Minister chose to visit the site in Fylde shows how esteemed the work done by apprentices locally is.

“I know Jenny enjoyed her day job shadowing the Minister in London and he was equally fascinated to see the work on the production line in Warton.”

This year BAE Systems recruited 387 engineering and business apprentices across its UK businesses in 2013 – the highest intake since 2008 – and 60 more than the company recruited in 2012.

During his time in Fylde, the Minister also received training on the company’s state of the art flight simulator and met BAE Systems Military Air & Information Managing Director Chris Boardman, himself a former apprentice.

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