Last week, ADS hosted its annual apprenticeship reception in the House of Commons. Kindly sponsored by Collins Aerospace, the reception provides the opportunity for Members of Parliament to celebrate the 12,000 apprentices working in the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

At the event we were joined by 100 apprentices and more than 60 MPs, and we had speeches from Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS, Sharn Hanspal and Michael Quinn, both apprentices at Collins Aerospace, as well as Chris Matheson MP, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Aerospace.

The event was also an opportunity to officially launch our 2019 Facts & Figures, highlighting the extent to which companies in our sectors serve as the industrial backbone of the UK. Delivering the well-paid jobs and high-tech exports that deliver prosperity in every corner of the UK.

The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries are at the forefront of providing high quality training and development. Our members provide thousands of apprenticeships every year, offering routes into exciting high-tech, high-skill, high-wage careers.  Investing in the next generation workforce and committing to apprenticeships had grown an integral part of UK business, and ADS are continuing to support initiatives that encourage young people to get involved in STEM activities.

On the event, Paul Everitt, ADS Chief Executive said:

The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries contribute £30 billion in value added to our economy and apprentices play a key role in businesses, large and small. Today’s Parliamentary reception is a great opportunity to celebrate their contribution and allow MPs to hear directly about the exciting career opportunities that exist across our industries. A modern apprenticeship is the route to a high value and long-term career.

To view a summary of tweets and pictures from the event, please click here.