Three ECA representatives have given verbal evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry looking into apprenticeships, held jointly by the House of Commons Business and Education Committees. Apprentices Niall Watson of Derry Building Services and Charlotte Burton of NG Bailey participated in the session, alongside Frank Clayton, the Head of Group Learning and Development at NG Bailey.
Both Niall and Charlotte proved to be great ambassadors for the industry and took part in a lively date with the MPs, describing how they got into their careers, including the limited role of their schools in this process. Their own experiences of undertaking apprenticeships were also discussed during the session.
ECA Director of Skills and Employment Alex Meikle commented: “The ECA would like to thank the three attendees for their participation in this important inquiry which seeks to understand why there is a growing skills gap in engineering.
“We hope this inquiry will help inform the government as to how to ensure young people are given the right careers advice, and offered the necessary training to get ahead in the industry.”
The session, which was attended by a number of MPs, was chaired jointly by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright and Stroud MP Neil Carmichael. Following the session, the organisers said that MPs found it incredibly useful and that it would influence the future direction of the inquiry.
In due course the inquiry will ask new Skills Minister Robert Halfon MP to give evidence in response to the points made by the apprentices.