Local MP Mark Pawsey met apprentices in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 12,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.
At the ADS Parliamentary Reception Mark spoke to Rugby apprentice Carter Murphy who has started an aerospace apprenticeship at JJ Churchill Ltd, after finishing at Bilton School.
There were 100 apprentices from many of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception. The event recognised the valuable contribution apprentices make to our important, high-skill manufacturing industries, and highlighted the world-leading technologies that many of the apprentices are working to develop.
The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries contribute £30 billion in value added to our economy and apprentices play a key role in enabling these businesses, large and small, to succeed.
Speaking at the event, Mark said:
“I was delighted to welcome Carter to the House of Commons. The reception was great chance to meet young people working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers and to celebrate the huge talent working in these world-leading sectors. Apprentices are great ambassadors for the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries and represent the future of the sector, so it was really interesting to talk to Carter about his experiences as an apprentice.”
“Rugby has a great heritage of highly skilled manufacturing, especially in the aviation and aerospace sector as Frank Whittle developed the first jet engine here. I’ve always been very keen to see more young people consider taking up an apprenticeship after school, so it was good to hear from Carter about how rewarding he has found his decision to go into aerospace engineering. I hope that other school leavers will consider what opportunities they might have through an apprenticeship like Carter’s.”