Apprentices join Women in Parliament Celebration

Apprentices join Women in Parliament Celebration

Date: Tuesday 22 December 2015

News Apprentices join Women in Parliament Celebration

Christmas celebrations started early for two apprentices from the MTC’s Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) in Coventry, as they joined a prestigious gathering at the Houses of Parliament this week, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Women in Parliament.


Kerry Smith and Tilly Brogden, who are both training on an advanced engineering apprenticeship at the AMTC, were invited to the reception by Lloyds Banking Group to meet politicians and share their career aspirations with other leading female figures in the business world.

Mims Davies MP, who has a particular interest in increasing women in STEM careers, chairs the Group. Guests also included the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP and the Foreign Office Minister, Baroness Anelay of St. Johns.

As well as promoting and campaigning to increase the number of women in Parliament, the APPG was formed to encourage more women to become involved in public life.

With the current engineering skills shortage in this country; and women engineers accounting for just 6% of the workforce in the UK - the lowest percentage of women engineers in Europe - attracting females into the profession has traditionally been a major challenge for British industry. 

The MTC has a higher than average percentage of female engineers across the business, as well as female apprentices and graduate trainees; all of whom are actively involved in encouraging more girls to consider engineering in their school subject and career choices.

"It was a huge honour to be invited to the Houses of Parliament for this reception,” said Kerry. “It was a great opportunity to discuss why we chose an engineering apprenticeship and discuss how we could encourage more females into the profession. We explained how the Tilly Shilling initiative at the MTC has been set up to work closely with schools, science clubs and colleges to help show how exciting, diverse and rewarding a career in engineering can be."
"There was a great amount of interest in what we are doing as part of our engineering apprenticeship; people were really excited to see females in engineering" added Tilly. "It was also inspiring to hear the different experiences and career paths of the other women."

Dale Steanson, Assistant Manager, Political Engagement, Group Public Affairs at Lloyds Banking Group said:

"Kerry and Tilly are excellent ambassadors for women in engineering and for apprenticeships. They provided a great insight into the future of manufacturing in the UK. I am sure there will be MPs with a new-found interest in manufacturing, and indeed the AMTC following conversations they had with the two apprentices."

Tilly Brogden (left) and Kerry Smith (right) at the Houses of Parliament and with the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP 



New high spec equipment and software for research projects is continually coming into the business. This gives many training opportunities and with work being so varied I don't think I would ever have the opportunity to get bored at the MTC. The MTC is also very determined to progress engineers to chartered status. This supports my development but also awards me with an internationally recognised qualification.
Mehul Parmar
MTC Assembly Systems