Minister for Portsmouth visits city

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THE minister for Portsmouth was today visiting Ben Ainslie Racing’s new base and launching a national campaign to encourage careers in manufacturing.

Matthew Hancock MP will this morning be meeting members of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team at the site of its Old Portsmouth base.

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock

He will go on to sign the city’s Growth Deal, before making his way to Airbus Defence and Space to meet young people and apprentices interested in manufacturing careers.

As he wrote in an exclusive article for The News today, he will be launching the See Inside Manufacturing campaign at Airbus.

he said: ‘Working together with industry, this initiative will invite schoolchildren aged 11 to 19 to get behind the scenes of the manufacturing industry and promote engineering careers.’

Mr Hancock first met with school children from the Portsmouth and Isle of Wight area as they painted a mural on the hoardings at Ben Ainslie Racing’s base in Old Portsmouth.

Mr Hancock said this morning: ‘The Ben Ainslie project is an exciting part of Portsmouth’s future. The future is about getting young people excited about opportunists and the jobs they bring. This evidentially shows the positive vibe there is among young people in Portsmouth for the racing project and everything that comes with it.

‘I am delighted to see how the Ben Ainslie team have got the excitement going and are involving schools in its plans. It is exactly what this is all about.

‘The fact that they are engaged before the construction project has finished is great.’