Apprentices from across Worcestershire were joined by Worcester MP Robin Walker 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 Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception.

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.

Robin has long been an advocate in Parliament for increasing the quality as well as the quantity of apprenticeships, supporting the Parliamentary 100 in 100 campaign spreading awareness of the opportunities that apprenticeships offer to both young people and businesses, as well as regularly meeting with local apprentices and employers in Westminster and Worcester. Robin was also pleased that three Worcestershire apprenticeship employers Aeromet, Borwell and Qinetiq were able to attend the ADS Parliamentary Reception.

Speaking for parliament, Robin said:

“I was delighted to welcome apprentices from Worcestershire and the UK 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.”

“I have long championed apprenticeships and the impact they have on individuals, businesses and the local economy. I welcome all of the hard work these organisations put into training a new generation of highly skilled workers in Worcester.”

“These apprentices are great ambassadors for our community and the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries. We’ve transformed apprenticeships in this country. But that wouldn’t have been possible without the employers who have been at the forefront of developing new high-quality apprenticeship opportunities that provide great training, and the employers who have embraced the huge benefits apprenticeships are bringing to their workplaces.”

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.”  


Notes to Editors:

For Robin’s previous statements on apprenticeships, please see:

For more information on ADS, please see:

  • ADS is the UK trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, with more than 1,000 member businesses.
  • For more information about ADS or the ADS Apprenticeships Reception please contact Heather Gilchrist, Media & PR Officer: 020 7091 1145 / 07860 853 349 /