Praise for Lancashire firm from government apprentice ambassador

Government apprenticeship ambassador Gordon Birtwistle praised the training and career prospects being given to young engineers at Fort Vale after being given a tour of the award-winning East Lancashire factory.

Fort Vale visit1A former engineering apprentice himself, the Burnley MP met the latest group of school leavers who have been taken on by Fort Vale, which is now in its 37th-year of apprentice training.

And he said he would be happy to be starting his working life again at Fort Vale, world leaders in the manufacture of valves and fittings for tanker transportation which recently won a fourth Queen’s Award for industry for their export success.

“The apprenticeship scheme is fantastic and they are a credit to the British manufacturing sector,” said Mr Birtwistle.

“I have been to Rolls Royce at Derby and their scheme is brilliant. I have been to Toyota and theirs is the same. But they are massive companies. For companies the size of Fort Vale, this is amazing.

“I would say to young people ‘come and do it’. Fort Vale deliver 80 per cent of their product around the world with a £70million turnover and you need to get involved in something like this, because they are here for the long term.

“They make advanced products, which will not go out of date, and they are very innovative and their training process is fantastic, so be an apprentice here if you can. “If I was 17 that’s what I would be looking at doing.”