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Gavin Newlands MP welcomes local apprentice to House of Commons

Rolls Royce Apprentice, Chris Wight, was joined by Gavin Newlands in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 12,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

There were 100 apprentices from some of the UK’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception.

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Organised by the trade organisation ADS, and sponsored by Collins Aerospace, 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.

Newlands said:

“I was delighted to welcome apprentice Chris Wight, who works at the Inchinnan Rolls Royce plant, to the House of Commons on Tuesday evening for a reception held by ADS Group.

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.

Chris is a testament to the skilled workforce and the high level of training in our local area. We are rightly proud of Scotland’s advanced manufacturing industries, much of it based right here in Renfrewshire.”

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt 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.”