MP praises manufacturer’s apprenticeship scheme

Mar 05, 2014


Mr Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, met second-year apprentices Jeffrey and Abigail on his tour of the Crownhill factory as part of National Apprenticeship Week this week.
The two apprentices are currently training as engineers with SMC Pneumatics, with academic support being provided by Milton Keynes College.
Mr Stewart said: “Jeffrey and Abigail are two prime examples of why apprenticeship schemes, such as this one, are so vital to the UK. They have drive, ambition and are keen to learn.”
Now in its seventh year, National Apprenticeship Week 2014 gives the opportunity for employers, teachers, parents and the media to raise the profile of apprenticeships across the UK.
SMC Pneumatics human resources manager Hayley Walker said: “As an employer, apprenticeships are only a good thing. We know we will have a highly trained individual at the end the three years, we know we will have workers that know our brand and what we want to achieve but, perhaps most importantly, apprentices tend to be very loyal.”
Mr Stewart said: “It is no secret that as a nation we need to get more young people interested in careers such as engineering.
“Part of that is the all too common incorrect perception that it is university or bust; I think these two apprentices show that that notion is very wrong.
“I hope to see over the next decade the government, businesses and educational organisations looking closely at how we can deliver more apprenticeships and how we can better attract people into expert fields that are declining.”
For more information on National Apprenticeship Week or Apprenticeships in general, visit
Apprentice Abigail said: “Being part of a work place gives you so much confidence, you gain experience while you are learning and you get so many opportunities. I am learning things here that I could never learn in a classroom.”
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