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Leyland Trucks’ apprentices visit Westminster

Posted on - 29th February, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Education, Leyland, Politics, Preston News, South Ribble News, Transport
MP for South Ribble, Katherine Fletcher talking to the apprentices. Pic: Leyland Trucks

Apprentices from Leyland Trucks showcased their skills to Members of Parliament this month in London.

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Jasmine Sandwell, a first-year supply chain apprentice, Ethan Sauce, a second-year maintenance apprentice, and Alfie Willis, a third-year engineering apprentice visited Westminster where MPs learned about the impact of their training.

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Organised by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the event kicked off National Apprentice Week which was on 5 February.

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By showing the success of Leyland Trucks’ apprenticeship schemes, organisers aim to influence a policy change, including an Apprenticeship Levy reform, and the creation of a national skills platform to attract a new generation.

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Amanda Solloway MP, Matt Western MP and Katherine Fletcher, MP for South Ribble were all in attendance, hoping to promote manufacturing in the North West.

Leyland Trucks claimed the Apprentice Team of the Year award at last year’s Best in Business Awards for their dedication to personal development and providing a supportive platform. 

Apprentices at the event. Pic: Leyland Trucks

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Maria Rogers, learning and development manager at Leyland Trucks, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to display our award-winning apprenticeship scheme. 

“In an industry where skills gaps present a risk to progress, and where progress relies upon diversity of thought and experience, it’s vital that we continue to attract and retain talented people. 

“Our apprentices are crucial to the success of our business, and our scheme supports them in successful, fulfilling careers.

“Our apprentices were proud to showcase their skills and experiences. 

“Hearing the MPs speak about the importance of apprentices to our industry and economy was inspiring for all involved, particularly as we are in the midst of recruitment for our 28 new apprentices.”

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Applications to Leyland Trucks’ apprenticeship scheme are open until 1 March, with roles available across the whole of the business.

To find out more or to apply you can visit, www.leylandtrucksltd.co.uk/apprenticeships

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