Jane Stevenson, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has celebrated nearly 14,000 apprenticeships in the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors by hosting a reception in the Houses of Parliament.
The reception, which was held on 11th May in the House of Commons, was sponsored by ADS, the trade association representing over 1,100 companies across the UK’s aerospace, defence and security sectors.
It saw MPs and industry representatives as well as nearly 100 apprentices and future leaders from around the country come together in a celebration of the important role that apprenticeships continue to play.
Jane also had the opportunity to meet apprentices from Collins Aerospace, based in Wolverhampton.
She said: “I was delighted to host a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons to celebrate the fantastic apprentices that work throughout the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. These sectors provide nearly 14,000 apprentices, including many at Collins Aerospace in my constituency.
“It was great to have the opportunity to thank them and the companies that support these jobs across all areas of the UK. The Government’s Kickstart scheme has also helped many young people find employment with over 100,000 young people starting jobs since the scheme was launched.
“I want to thank ADS, Raytheon Technologies, Collins Aerospace and most importantly, the 14,000 apprentices in the sectors for their work.”
ADS CEO Kevin Craven said: “We have world leading companies across all the sectors that ADS represents, and they have created the chance for apprentices to learn and develop key skills.
“Across our members we have more than 19,000 high-value apprentices, spread out across different sectors and across the UK.
“All of our sectors are playing a key role in the Government’s Levelling Up agenda, through apprenticeship schemes, creating high-skilled, high-tech and high-wage jobs both for now and for the future.”