Skills Minister swaps jobs with an apprentice

Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, recently took part in a job swap with the current City & Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year, Jenny Westworth from BAE Systems.  A new film featuring Jenny and the Minister has been released and is the latest in a series of job swap films available on that also feature Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Pendennis Shipyards.

During the job swap, the Minister went through an induction at the BAE Systems training facility before spending time in the cockpit of a Typhoon in the company’s final assembly facility. He also met a number of apprentices who have gone on to work in the company for up to 20 years in a range of managerial roles.

In return, the Minister hosted Jenny at the House of Commons and invited her to Ministerial meetings at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), while Jenny also took part in a Parliamentary debate.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock, said: “It was fantastic to swap jobs with Jenny, and understand first-hand what it is like to be an apprentice. Apprenticeship programmes such as BAE System’s give young people a clear work-based route into professional careers, and help train the workforce our country needs to stay ahead in the global race. We want to make it the norm that young people go either to university or do an Apprenticeship, and high-quality Apprenticeships like those at BAE, help make that vision a reality.”

Jenny, who completed her Advanced Apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering with BAE Systems said: “My Apprenticeship was the best possible career choice I could have made. It allowed me to work out what my strengths and weaknesses were before making a firm choice on what I actually wanted to do. It has helped make me a far better engineer and has provided me with the foundations for a really exciting career.

“It’s the hands on experience from day one that makes Apprenticeships stand out. Employers give you a high level of responsibility whilst you’re learning on the job, which means you develop skills very quickly.”

Ten former apprentices are competing to be this year’s Apprentice Champion.

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