Chris Matheson MP recently met Airbus apprentices from Chester in the House of Commons to celebrate the 12,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

As Chair of the Aerospace All Party Group, Chris hosted the event attended by 100 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading companies to discuss the importance of apprenticeships.

Organised by the aerospace organisation ADS and sponsored by Collins Aerospace, last week’s event recognised the valuable contribution apprentices make to high-skill manufacturing industries, and highlighted the world-leading technologies that many of the apprentices are working to develop.

Chris said: “Apprenticeships provide a crucial training opportunity for our young people through practical skills-based work. Direct industrial experience exposes apprentices to the industrial sector from the word go. For many, the usual higher education route does not provide the same first-hand experience.

It is time this government focused upon providing high quality apprenticeships. The government’s handling of the apprenticeship levy has been chaotic and ineffective from the start. Our young people are bearing the brunt of the government’s failure. Indeed, the huge decrease in apprenticeship programmes is limiting opportunities for those young people who would prefer a hands-on skills-led education as opposed to mainstream education.

I was very impressed by the young people I met on the day. Despite the chaos of Brexit, it is clear that the future of the aerospace industry is in good hands.”


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