In his capacity as both Shadow Skills Minister and Blackpool South MP, Gordon has met up with some of the 10,000 plus apprentices currently flying high with the UK’s aerospace, defence and space industries – including an apprentice from his constituency based at Magellan Aerospace in Blackpool.
At the ADS Parliamentary reception celebrating the contribution made by their apprentices to the £27 billion in exports from their high tech industries, Gordon met Magellan Aerospace apprentice Joseph Humphries from South Shore currently doing a first year HNC in manufacturing engineering with the company, who operate from the Squires Gate Industrial Estate.
Gordon said: “It was great to chat to Joseph and a range of other apprentices who are looking to get skilled, long term and productive jobs in an industry, which has seen substantial growth in sales, not least with our European partners, over the last ten years.
“Joseph is also currently doing a day release at BAE’s training school in Preston and hopes to go onto Level 4 with his apprenticeship and the possibility of doing a higher skills degree whilst working – which is an attractive option to avoid increasingly high full time tuition fees.”
Gordon added: “This event underlined the huge potential which I as Shadow Apprenticeships Minister see week after week in the visits and meetings I have. Across Lancashire, aerospace and defence employment, both in the smaller supply chain, high skilled engineering companies, as well as major international players such as BAE is crucial – not least for people from Blackpool. That international co-operation and those European connexions need to continue to give all of us in Blackpool good economic prospects for the 2020s.”