MP welcomes role of aerospace apprentices


THE success of the UK’s aerospace sector was celebrated during a reception for apprentices at the Palace of Westminster.

Apprentices Chris Johnson and Joe Battershall, from BAE Systems, attended the event in the House of Commons which was organised by ADS Group, the aerospace trade association. The event was held in recognition of the role of trainees in the success of the £24bn industry.

They were joined by Fylde MP Mark Menzies to discuss the many opportunities available in the sector, both locally and around the world.

The event, which followed the launch of a joint industry and Government strategy for the future of the sector through the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), celebrated the valuable contribution of apprentices and highlighted the advanced technological developments they are working to develop. The keynote speech at the reception was provided by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP.

Commenting, Mr Menzies said: “BAE Systems at Warton is an example of the vibrant and growing UK aerospace industry which exists in Lancashire – a sector which can only grow as the Warton Enterprise Zone, which will be focussed towards advanced engineering and aeronautical businesses, comes together.

“At a time when it is particularly difficult for young people to find a job, the aerospace sector is providing highly-skilled and rewarding apprenticeships all across the UK and especially in Fylde.

“It was a delight to meet Chris and Joe and I was fascinated to learn about their exciting apprenticeships.”

Paul Everitt, chief executive of aerospace trade organisation ADS Group, added: “The UK aerospace industry is the largest in Europe and second only to the US globally.

“It contributes more than £24bn to the economy each year and employs around 230,000 workers both directly and indirectly. Around 3,000 of these are apprentices.

“The skills and capabilities they are developing today will help drive growth across the UK aerospace industry in the years ahead.phpIGkwXDAM

“The future of the aerospace sector rests in the hands of this bright young talent. The Aerospace Growth Partnership, a unique collaboration between industry and Government, is helping to ensure the UK is best placed to maintain the UK’s share of growing and highly competitive global markets.”

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