THE success of the UK’s aerospace sector was celebrated during a reception for apprentices at the Palace of Westminster.
Apprentices Chris Johnson and Joe Battershall, from BAE Systems, attended the event in the House of Commons which was organised by ADS Group, the aerospace trade association.
They were joined by Fylde MP Mark Menzies to discuss the many opportunities available in the sector, both locally and around the world.
The event, which followed the launch of a joint industry and Government strategy for the future of the sector through the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), celebrated the valuable contribution of apprentices and highlighted the advanced technological developments they are working to develop.
Mr Menzies said: “BAE Systems at Warton is an example of the vibrant and growing UK aerospace industry which exists in Lancashire – a sector which can only grow as the Warton Enterprise Zone, which will be focussed towards advanced engineering and aeronautical businesses, comes together.
“At a time when it is particularly difficult for young people to find a job, the aerospace sector is providing highly-skilled and rewarding apprenticeships all across the UK and especially in Fylde. ”
Paul Everitt, chief executive of aerospace trade organisation ADS Group, added: “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 will drive growth in the years ahead.”