Rochester and Strood MP Supports High Flying Local Apprentices

Apprentices from Rochester and Strood were joined by Kelly Tolhurst MP in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 11,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

BAE Systems in Rochester sent two of their apprentices, both in their final year of the scheme before taking up full time roles at the site. They were amongst 100 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception.

Organised by the trade organisation ADS Group, and sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems, the event recognised the valuable contribution apprentices make to our important, high-skill manufacturing industries, and highlighted the world-leading technologies that many of the apprentices are working to develop.

Kelly Tolhurst said:

“I was delighted to welcome apprentices from BAE Systems in Rochester to the House of Commons. The reception was an excellent opportunity to meet young people working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers and to celebrate the huge talent working in these world-leading sectors. These apprentices are great ambassadors for our local area and the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries.”

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.”