Apprentices from Hayes and Harlington were joined by John McDonnell MP in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 11,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

They were amongst 100 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception.

Organised by the trade organisation ADS Group, and sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems, the event aimed to recognise the valuable contribution apprentices make to high-skill manufacturing industries.

Mr McDonnell said: “I was delighted to welcome apprentices from Hayes and Harlington to the House of Commons.

“The reception was an excellent opportunity to meet young people working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers and to celebrate the huge talent working in these world-leading sectors.

“These apprentices are great ambassadors for our local area and the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries.”

The event also noted the world-leading technologies that many of the apprentices are working to develop.

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group, said: “Apprentices represent the future for our industries, which is why providing an opportunity for them to celebrate their contribution with their MP is so important.

“The aerospace, defence, security and space industries invest in training in every part of the UK and I am delighted that this reception provides a chance to celebrate the achievements of those working hard at the start of their careers.”