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High Flying Apprentices



Fiona Bruce welcomes local apprentice, Alexander Benez, to House of Commons.
An apprentice from Congleton was joined by Fiona in the House of Commons to celebrate the 12,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.
There were over 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 Group, and sponsored by United Technologies Aerospace Systems, 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.
Fiona Bruce said:
“I was delighted to welcome Alexander Benez, a second-year Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows Apprentice from Congleton, to the House of Commons and to hear from him about how rewarding he is finding his role. 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. Young apprentices, like Alexander, are great ambassadors for our local area and the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries.”
Alex said:
“The ADS reception was a great opportunity to exchange experience and build my network with others in the aerospace industry. I was also pleased to meet Fiona Bruce and discuss my experience of working in the aerospace industry and the contribution Bird Bellows makes to the local economy. Fiona clearly appreciates the work of apprentices in our local area and the important role that apprenticeships play in preparing the future leaders of our industries. Currently on rotation, I look forward to gaining experience of all corners of the company before deciding where to specialise.” 

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group, said:
“Apprentices represent the future for our industries, which is why providing an opportunity for them to celebrate their contribution with their MP is so important. The aerospace, defence, security and space industries invest in training in every part of the UK and I am delighted that this reception provides a chance to celebrate the achievements of those working hard at the start of their careers.”

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