During the National Apprenticeship Week, the luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce hosted the Rt Hon Nick Gibb, the Minister for School Standards at their Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant. Mr Gibb, a member of the British Conservative Party, has also been the MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton since 1997. The Minister has managed to retain his position during the transition from Prime Minister David Cameron to Theresa May.
The National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a week-long celebration of apprenticeships throughout the United Kingdom that has become an annual event. This year’s instalment of the NAW was themed ‘Apprenticeships Work’. The Rt Hon Minister Gibb made the trip to the in order to meet Rollys-Royce apprentices from the assembly, engineering, painting, wood and leather roles. There Mr Gibb heard first-hand the skills that they have gained since they started working through the scheme.
These young members were joined at the event by colleagues who have successfully finished the apprenticeship programme. These members, showing how the programme can lead to success, are currently working on progressing towards management roles at Rolls-Royce. At the event Mr Gibb commented:
“It was a pleasure to meet the Rolls-Royce apprentices. Their commitment and developing expertise was very clear from the way they each described their particular contribution to the creative and manufacturing process.” He continued, “I’m delighted that Rolls-Royce is so committed to the apprenticeship programme, helping to ensure our country has the skills it needs to compete in a competitive global market.”