Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Black Country Apprentices Visit Parliament

Dudley North MP Ian Austin welcomed apprentices in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 11,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries.



100 apprentices – including Thomas Connors from Sedgley who works at UTC in Wolverhampton – were in Parliament to show the contribution apprentices make to high-skill manufacturing industries, and hthe world-leading technologies apprentices are working to develop.

The apprentices were from some of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies at an event organised by ADS, the trade organisation for companies in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

Ian Austin said:

“It was great to meet Thomas and other apprentices from the Black Country.

“We need to make education and skills our country’s number one priority so we can attract new businesses and jobs to replace those we have lost in traditional industries.”

“Over the next 20 years there’s going to be huge growth in hi-tech industries and I want young people in Dudley to be at the forefront so I am grateful to businesses who offer the opportunity to young people to learn the skills for a rewarding career.”

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group, said:

“Apprentices represent the future for our industries, which is why providing an opportunity for them to celebrate their contribution with their MP is so important.

“The aerospace, defence, security and space industries invest in training in every part of the UK and I am delighted that this reception provides a chance to celebrate the achievements of those working hard at the start of their careers.”

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