Long meets Bombardier apprentices in House of Commons

Alliance East Belfast MP Naomi Long attended an apprenticeship reception in the House of Commons that was organised by ADS Group, the aerospace trade association. The event was in recognition of the role of apprentices in the £24bn UK aerospace industry.She met two apprentices, Owen Thompson and Shannon McVeigh, from Bombardier’s factory in East Belfast, as well as representatives of RLC Group, based in Crumlin.

The event, which follows the launch of the joint industry and Government strategy for the future of UK aerospace through the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), celebrated the valuable contribution of apprentices operating in this important wealth-producing sector, and highlighted the advanced technological developments they are working to develop. The keynote at the reception was provided by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP.

Naomi Long MP said: “Bombardier is an example of the vibrant and growing UK aerospace industry. At a time when it is particularly difficult for young people to find a job, the sector is providing highly-skilled and rewarding apprenticeships right across the UK.

“It was a delight to meet Owen and Shannon and I was fascinated to learn about their apprenticeships.”

Paul Everitt, chief executive of aerospace trade organisation ADS Group commented: “The UK aerospace industry is the largest in Europe and second only to the US globally. It contributes over £24 billion to the economy each year and employs around 230,000 workers both directly and indirectly. Around 3,000 of these are apprentices. The skills and capabilities they are developing today will help drive growth across the UK aerospace industry in the years ahead.

“The future of the aerospace sector rests in the hands of this bright young talent. The Aerospace Growth Partnership, a unique collaboration between industry and Government, is helping to ensure the UK is best placed to maintain the UK’s share of growing and highly competitive global markets.”


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