Matthew Thompson, an Electrical Engineering Apprentice at Submarine Manufacturing and Products (SMP Ltd) last week met with British Prime Minister, David Cameron and Fylde MP, Mark Menzies at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire.
The Prime Minister was visiting the North of England to highlight the importance of apprenticeships as a career-choice and as a means of sustaining and developing the UK skills base. While in Warton, David Cameron and Mark Menzies launched a new £15.6m Lancashire training academy for Degree Apprenticeship schemes.
Mr Cameron stated “I want young people to have the chance to learn a skill and that is why the government has put 1.5bn pounds extra into the apprentices system and we want to see that grow.”
More than 300 apprentices from companies across the North West were in attendance. One of our apprentices, Matthew Thompson (pictured with Mr Cameron and Mr Menzies) had the opportunity to individually discuss his apprenticeship with Mr Cameron and leading executives from BAE Systems.
SMP Ltd is currently training 5 apprentices at its premises in Newton, near Preston.