Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, visited Make UK ’s Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham, to meet the latest cohort of engineering apprentices and Make UK’s apprentice ambassadors and hear their views and concerns.
Following a tour of the training facilities, during which he spoke to apprentices who have just embarked on their apprenticeship journey in a variety of engineering roles, he then joined Make UK’s apprenticeship ambassadors for an informal Q&A session during which they were able to ask questions on skills, jobs and apprenticeships.
Manufacturer’s organisation Make UK is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales. It directly represents over 5,000 businesses, providing essential business support and training as well as championing the manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU, helping British manufacturers to compete, innovate and grow.
Following his visit, Andy Street said: “Apprenticeships have a pivotal role to play in the success of the West Midlands, particularly when it comes to manufacturing. They are also a brilliant way to help get people back into work following the pandemic as part of my 100,000 jobs plan.
“That’s why I was so keen to visit Make UK ’s Technology Hub and meet the latest apprentices working at the site, as well as speak to the apprentice ambassadors. We know apprentice starts in the West Midlands have struggled in recent years, so it is very important for me to hear from existing apprentices about how they think we can get more people to step forward and take advantage of these brilliant opportunities.”