Manufacturing - Apprenticeships Sector in the Spotlight

A new film has been launched by the National Apprenticeship Service to
encourage more young people to explore the wide range of Apprenticeship
opportunities available in manufacturing and engineering. In the film,
four former and current apprentices working in different roles across
the sector, recount their experience and talk about how an
Apprenticeship has benefitted them.

The four stars, who work
for defence firm, MBDA Missile Systems, precision engineering
manufacturer, Warren Services, yacht building and boat repairs business,
Berthon Boat Company and multinational defence, security and aerospace
company, BAE Systems, also talk about the breadth of skills they
developed during their Apprenticeship and the importance of the sector
to the economy.

Employers, led by Semta, the Sector
Skills Council for the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sectors,
are being encouraged to promote the film across the sector and to young
people. The film will also be used by the National Apprenticeship
Service in resource packs for schools and at careers events up and down
the country. To view and share the film, visit

Parker, 24, who features in the film, is currently doing an Advanced
Apprenticeship in Marine Electrics at the Berthon Boat Company in
Lymington, Hampshire. He said: "My Apprenticeship has given me an
amazing opportunity to achieve a well-respected qualification, as well
as gain valuable experience in an innovative, high growth industry.
Within manufacturing and engineering there are so many different types
of jobs, for all sorts of people. I hope the film will highlight to
other young people just how rewarding an Apprenticeship is and encourage
them to investigate the options available."

The other stars of the film are:
Bethan Sherbourne (22), who completed a Higher Apprenticeship in
Business Administration at MBDA Missile Systems in Lostock, Bolton and
is now a senior procurement officer there. She was also recently named
the Virgin Media Higher Apprentice of the Year at the National
Apprenticeship Awards
• Darren Craigen (30), who completed a Higher
Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering and now holds the role of CNC
Milling Manager at Warren Services in Thetford, Norfolk
• Charlotte
Tingley (23), who completed her Higher Apprenticeship in Electronic and
Electrical Engineering and has since progressed to the role of
Production Engineer at BAE Systems in Rochester, Kent. She was also
awarded the Women's Engineering Society (WES) Prize at the 2012 IET
Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2012

Sarah Sillars OBE,
chief executive at Semta, the Sector Skills Council for the Advanced
Manufacturing and Engineering sectors said: "Apprenticeship starts in
engineering and advanced manufacturing have increased by more than 85%
in the past two years. However, engineering and manufacturing still has
an image problem - we need more teachers and parents to understand
apprenticeships will benefit their children and not somebody else's.

sector needs to recruit 82,000 people just to cover retirements up to
2016. Apprenticeships are key to tackling this issue -- providing
individuals with the advanced skills and experience to not only set them
on a successful career path, but also help ensure growth in what is one
of the UK's priority sectors."

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