Apprenticeship idea takes off for aerospace firm

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AN AEROSPACE firm from Portsmouth has highlighted how important apprentices are for the business.

Astrium went to an apprenticeship reception in the House of Commons, organised by ADS Group – the aerospace trade association.

The event was in recognition of the role of apprentices.

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, said: ‘Astrium in Portsmouth is an example of the vibrant and growing UK aerospace industry that exists in the south east.

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

Apprentice William Mahy was among the apprentices who also went to the House of Commons.

Penny added: ‘It was a delight to meet William, and I was fascinated to learn about his exciting apprenticeship.’

The event followed the launch of the joint industry and government strategy for the future of UK aerospace, through the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP).

It celebrated the valuable contribution of apprentices in the industry.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS Group, said: ‘The future of the aerospace sector rests in the hands of this bright young talent.

‘The AGP is a unique collaboration between industry and government, and is helping to ensure the UK is best placed to maintain its share of growing and highly competitive global markets.

‘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.’