Skills minister attends BAE job swap

Skills minister Matthew Hancock has swapped his suit for overalls as part of a job swap with Jenny Westworth, a star apprentice at aerospace firm BAE Systems.

DP063307The minister paid a visit to the company’s training school in Preston and the final assembly hangar where its Typhoon fighter jet is built at nearby Warton, as part of a swap with the current City and Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year.

It was the return leg of a visit where the minister welcomed Jenny to his Westminster office last year.

During the visit, the minister went through an induction at the Preston Training School where he met a number of apprentices before learning more about Typhoon and even climbing in the cockpit.

Mr Hancock said: “Apprenticeships deliver by training and developing highly skilled workers, such as Jenny, across industry sectors and offer real jobs for young people. After Jenny joined me in Westminster earlier this year, it was inspiring to see what she has achieved at BAE Systems.”

Jenny 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.”