As part of National Apprenticeship Week https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-apprenticeship-week-2017-date-announced, the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP hosted an informal lunch reception for apprentices from across England at the exclusive Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons on Thursday 9th March 2017. Chris Gardner, who is a second year Mechanical Fitter Apprentice from Marshall Land Systems, represented Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group at this event with other apprentices from around the country to share their experiences in promoting apprenticeships as a great career option.
Chris is currently studying for a HNC in Mechanical Engineering with West Suffolk College and is currently working within Planning for Marshall Land Systems for his apprenticeship following a year from training in the apprenticeship workshop.
The Government is committed to 3 million high quality apprenticeships by 2020. The Minister met with 100 apprentices at the Commons from across a wide range of local communities, undertaking a variety of different apprenticeships, to hear about their experiences. It had been a great opportunity for apprentices to talk to the Minister and to network with other apprentices.
The Minister highlighted how apprenticeships are key to social mobility – as well as the perfect platform for providing the jobs, security and prosperity the country needs. The event is therefore recognition of the esteem in which apprenticeships are held. Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has been providing apprenticeship opportunities for over 95 years and attracts many young applicants to join the company from both the local county and other parts of the country. More departments looking into providing training opportunities for apprentices with a total of 67 apprentices in training and 30 to be recruited in 2017.