West Suffolk MP and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock is this week urging the public to vote for the Apprenticeship Champion of the Year 2013 at www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
Ten former apprentices from across the UK are competing for the Award, sponsored by City & Guilds and now in its second year, which recognises the significant impact apprentices make on their employer’s business development and growth.
Voting opens as a new film featuring Mr Hancock swapping jobs with the current Apprenticeship Champion, Jenny Westworth, is released on apprentice.tv.
Jenny hosted Mr. Hancock at BAE Systems’ Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft Final Assembly facility site in Warton, Lancashire, where they visited the production line and shadowed other BAE Systems apprentices working on final aircraft build.
The Minister also toured BAE Systems’ apprentice training facility in Preston, learnt about aircraft fitting, conventional and CNC machining, computer aided design and avionic testing of an aircraft in production.
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.
Mr Hancock, said: “This job swap gave me a taste of life as an apprentice, which I loved! It highlighted just how much young people are benefiting from earning while they learn in a real job, as well as the huge benefits Apprenticeships bring to employers.