Apprentices make trip to Parliament

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Young apprentices from the ‘Tiser district were welcomed to the Houses of Parliament as part of a special event.

Erewash MP, Conservative Maggie Throup, introduced apprentices from Sandiacre-based firm Sigma Components to Parliament during a reception hosted by trade organisation ADS.

More than 70 apprentices, including those from Sigma, were joined by Mrs Throup to celebrate the 9,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries.

The event highlighted the valuable contribution apprentices are making to important, high-skill manufacturing industries, and the world-leading technologies that many of them are working to develop.

Ms Throup said: “I was delighted to welcome apprentices from Erewash to Parliament.

“It was great to meet so many young engineers working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers. They are great ambassadors for the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries.”

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the ADS group, said the apprenticeships are helping young people to build careers.

He said: “Our high-skill sectors are reliant on a new generation of talented and well-trained employees.

“In return they look set to enjoy rewarding careers within some of the UK’s most successful and exciting industries.

“This reception is important to showcase the huge talent already working in our sectors and to encourage more young people to consider the opportunities on offer.”

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