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Monday, March 25, 2013

Skills Minister swaps job with apprentice champion for NAW

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock has swapped jobs with apprentice champion of the year, Jenny Westworth from BAE Systems.

The first leg of the swap, which has already taken place this week saw Westworth join Hancock in Westminster for ministerial meetings at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and prepare for a parliamentary debate.

The Skills Minister will be swapping his suit for overalls later this year when he will visit Westworth in her job as manufacturing engineer at the Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft Final Assembly facility at BAE's site in Warton, Lancashire.

Hancock said: "Apprenticeships deliver by training and developing highly skilled workers, such as Jenny, across industry sectors and offer real jobs for young people. National Apprenticeship Week is a chance to highlight the value of Apprenticeships to both individuals and employers and Jenny is an inspiration and an example.

"I look forward to completing the swap and joining Jenny in her role over the summer and would encourage more MPs and company bosses to take part in job swaps to see the real impact apprentices have."

Westworth, who completed her Advanced Apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering with BAE Systems, said: "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."

David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, which is co-ordinating the Week, added: "This Ministerial job swap is a unique highlight for this year's National Apprenticeship Week. It's through activities, such as job swaps, that we can really demonstrate how Apprenticeships deliver both for employers and individuals and the economy."

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