Apprentices from Patchway-based Rolls Royce last week attended a reception in the House of Commons that was organised by ADS Group, the aerospace trade association. The event was in recognition of the role of apprentices in the £24bn UK aerospace industry.
The apprentices, along with others from Airbus and GKN in Filton, were joined by local MP Jack Lopresti, and they discussed the many opportunities available in UK aerospace.
The event, which follows the launch of the joint industry and Government strategy for the future of UK aerospace through the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), celebrated the valuable contribution of apprentices operating in this important wealth-producing sector, and highlighted the advanced technological developments they are working to develop. The keynote at the reception was provided by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP.
Mr Lopresti commented:
“Airbus, Rolls Royce and GKN are examples of the vibrant and growing UK aerospace industry that exists in the South West and Filton in particular. At a time when it is sometimes difficult for young people to find a job, this sector is providing highly-skilled and rewarding apprenticeships all across the UK.”
“It was a delight to meet the apprentices and I was fascinated to learn about their exciting roles in the aerospace industry.”
Paul Everitt, chief executive of aerospace trade organisation ADS Group, commented:
“The UK aerospace industry is the largest in Europe and second only to the US globally. It contributes over £24 billion 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.”
“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.”
Photo: Jack Lopresti MP with Rolls-Royce apprentices (L -R) Maxime Wildeman, Kellan Hole and Ben Ball.