Sigma apprentices enjoy House of Commons Reception

21 Jul 2015 Published by

Three apprentices from Sigma Precision Components – (the Aerospace Division of Avingtrans plc) – enjoyed a trip to London last week when they were invited to a special Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons.

Joe Sproat (20) from Hinckley, Wesley Cole (22) from Farnborough and Callum Lyon (19) from Nottingham joined ministers, MPs and members of the media at the drinks reception to celebrate 9,000 apprenticeships being provided by the UK’s Aerospace Defence Security and Space (ADS) industries sector.

Wesley Cole, fabrication and welding apprentice at Sigma’s Farnborough facility, said: “It was a really good to see inside the Houses of Parliament and meet people involved in all aspects of the aerospace and defence industries.

“As apprentices at a supply chain business, we’re working on small components that enable aeroplanes to fly on a daily basis but the visit gave us a great opportunity to see how that fits into the wider picture of the industry and that the UK is the second biggest Aerospace industry in the world.”

The three apprentices were joined on the visit by Mark Johnson, Founder and Managing Director of Sigma Components, and Joanne Huckerby, divisional Head of Human Resources.

Mark said: “We all had a great day in London and the reception at the Houses of Parliament was a really special experience.

“As founder of Sigma Components, I’m passionate about creating opportunities for young people to forge careers in this exciting industry and the trip gave me a real opportunity to thank these apprentices for all their hard work and introduce them to a range of contacts across the sector.

“As well as the Parliamentary Reception at the heart of the House of Commons, we also visited the Royal Aeronautical Society’s headquarters near Buckingham Palace, where the apprentices learned more about the society and the history of the aerospace industry in the UK.  We also visited ADS – the aerospace industry body – where they received a special presentation about the role that our industry plays to support the UK economy and our Government’s plans for growth.”

Joanne Huckerby, who established the apprenticeship scheme at Sigma’s Hinckley site, added: “The genuine celebration and support of Apprenticeship Programmes within the UK was clearly evident at the Houses of Parliament reception.

“Business leaders and MP’s gave motivating speeches which validated that Apprenticeship programmes are an excellent entry route to employment and personal development in partnership with continued educational support from colleges.

“Sigma is already reaping the benefits of investing in the scheme and will continue to welcome apprenticeships across the Division in the future”

For further details about apprenticeships at Sigma Precision Components, contact Joanne Huckerby on 01455 445500.


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