MP visits engineering company Bradman Lake during National Apprenticeship Week

Waveney MP Peter Aldous heard a number of Apprenticeship success stories when he spent time with local employers and people being trained on the scheme with Lowestoft College.

On Friday Mr Aldous visited engineering company Bradman Lake at their Beccles base where he met with Sean Underwood, General Manager, and Paul Boon, Manufacturing Manager, who both talked about their commitment to the apprenticeship scheme.

The company currently employs ten apprentices in electrical and mechanical engineering and Mr Aldous also spoke to Daniel Peck who was taken on as an apprentice in September. Daniel, who has always had an interest in engineering, completed A-Levels before deciding on a career in the industry. Although relatively new to engineering, he has been able to see how his skills and confidence have grown.

Mr Aldous also had a tour of the recently extended workshops which allow the company to manufacture production lines which are shipped around the world and used to produce packaging for many products including tea, biscuits and chocolate.

He also spent time at Pakefield High School talking to some of the business administration and new teaching assistant apprentices. He heard how Alex, who specialises in sports set up a successful breakfast club and plans to start another sports club, and how Kelly, another teaching assistant apprentice, has already been offered a full time job at the school.

Mr Aldous also became an apprentice himself when he visited Lowestoft College's boatbuilding workshop. Here he was shown some basic lofting skills by current apprentices Robert Salmon and Leo Avramidis.

Mr Aldous said: “I am very impressed with the work that Bradman Lake and Lowestoft College are doing to promote apprenticeships. Taking on apprentices makes good business sense and is crucial to creating jobs and boosting growth in the Waveney area. National Apprenticeship week provides a great opportunity to celebrate the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.”

The visits were organised by Lowestoft College to mark National Apprenticeship Week which aims to highlight the range of Apprenticeship opportunities available. The College hosted a number of activities aimed at employers and people considering becoming apprentices.
An Engineering Market Place Event was held to show students the various careers that exist in the industry. Companies ranging from AKD Engineering to SeaJacks were invited in to talk to the students who were also given some top tips on improving their CVs.

The college also hosted an information session to launch the new health and social care apprenticeship which is running in partnership with Suffolk County Council, Skills for Care and Suffolk Care Brokerage.

Drop-in sessions were also held all week to give employers and would-be apprentices the chance to find out more about the scheme.

Maxine Bye, 14-19 Director at Lowestoft College, said: “After a very successful week where students and local employers attended a range of events, we are looking forward to developing further apprenticeship provision to meet employer and local community needs. I would like to extend my thanks to all the organisations that continually provide their support to the college.”

National Apprenticeship Week is now in its sixth year. The week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and celebrates the talent, achievements and successes of apprentices across England.

Photo: (Left to right) Nick Townshend, Sean Underwood, Peter Aldous MP, Daniel Peck and Paul Boon

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