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Welsh Secretary underlines UK Government support for apprentices

Stephen Crabb MP praises young people graduating from GE Aviation Wales apprenticeship scheme. 

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb yesterday (6 October) underlined the UK government’s support for apprenticeships as he congratulated a group of apprentices from GE Aviation Wales.

The 25 apprentices, who have completed the apprenticeship programme, were recognised at a graduation ceremony at the aircraft engine overhaul facility in Nantgarw.

More than 500 apprentices have worked their way through the GE programme since the business was acquired from British Airways in 1991.

Throughout the 3-year programme, apprentices rotate across the business to give them a broader understanding of how the company operates, as well as developing the skills needed for them to achieve their formal qualification.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for young people to take their first steps onto the job ladder.

GE Aviation Wales’ apprenticeship programme is based on a long term vision for the development of their staff and is a model of the kind of schemes we want to see all across Wales.

I was so impressed with the energy and commitment of the graduates that I met today who will be helping to drive growth across the UK aerospace industry in the years ahead.

Mike Patton, Managing Director of GE Aviation Wales said:

We are extremely proud of today’s graduating apprentices and take great pleasure in the fact that their, and our, efforts to develop an outstanding workforce and company are being appreciated here today.

GE Aviation Wales prides itself on placing a strong focus on providing career opportunities for talented individuals. We work closely with local schools, colleges and universities on development and training and, along with our renowned apprentice programme, offer a range of internships and graduate placements. Our workforce is, of course, what makes our company.

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