GTA England visits Downing Street in Apprenticeship Week

Two learners accompanied GTA England to Downing Street as part of the National Apprenticeship Week celebrations.

Engineering apprentices Sara Underwood, aged twenty-one, from Rolls-Royce, and Craig Eccles, 19-year-old Paradigm employee, were among a handful of apprentices to be invited to the Trailblazer employers’ reception hosted at No 10, which highlighted the importance of Apprenticeships to the British economy, and explained some of the government’s planned reforms.

Trailblazer employers working together to develop future Apprenticeship standards, including BAE, the National Grid, Cisco, Jaguar Land Rover, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Nestle, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Rolls-Royce, were invited to take along their apprentices. As a contributor to both the Aerospace and Automotive Trailblazers, GTA England was asked to invite two apprentices. This was in recognition of the consultation undertaken with some SMEs to seek their thoughts on the new proposals. The consultation was organised with the help of Alliance Learning and Training 2000.

Sara and Craig were the lucky winners of the draw, and were excited to be given the opportunity. Craig said: “I was delighted to be one of the few apprentices to be invited to the event as it gave me an opportunity to showcase the work I’ve done, meet new apprentices involved in different sectors and hear about the future of these qualifications.” Sara and Craig are shown with Charlotte Bidwell from Marshall Aerospace Defence Group along with Mark Maudsley from GTA England.

During the event apprentices were introduced to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock, whilst employers across a range of sectors were thanked for their commitment to developing future Apprenticeship standards. Apprentices were given the opportunity to show off their talents in a display of innovative products or systems they had created during their Apprenticeship programme.

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