Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart joined Slough resident and Cobham apprentice Scott Tizzard in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 10,400 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries.
Scott was amongst more than 80 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception.
Organised by the trade organisation ADS Group, and sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems, 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.
“I was delighted to welcome Scott to the House of Commons. It was a great opportunity to talk to him and other young people working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers and to celebrate the huge talent working in these world-leading sectors. They were all passionate about what they were doing and are great ambassadors for the UK’s manufacturing industry.
“Scott told me that his teachers at a Slough secondary school failed to tell him about apprenticeships. They only encouraged him to consider University. Following this discussion I will do more to ensure that all schools offer pupils the option of an apprenticeship which can be a great route to a successful career for a young person.”
Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group, said:
“Companies in the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries offer high quality apprenticeships and provide young people with routes into high value, long term jobs. Many of the apprentices at this week’s reception will be the industry leaders of tomorrow and it is great for them to see the political support for our industries and their future prosperity.”