‘Honoured’ MTC apprentice Brad catapulted to Parliament

‘Honoured’ MTC apprentice Brad catapulted to Parliament

Date: Thursday 27 July 2017

News ‘Honoured’ MTC apprentice Brad catapulted to Parliament

MTC apprentice Brad Sheffield has revealed he ‘felt honoured’ to represent the centre and the wider High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) at a recent reception held at the Houses of Parliament.

Teenager Brad, a second year apprentice, attended the event with Matt Bastock, MTC apprenticeship recruitment coordinator, along with HVMC chief executive Dick Elsy and HVMC chief technology officer Sam Turner.

The drop-in reception, organised by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) in partnership with Innovate UK, featured all 10 of the different Catapult programmes from across the UK and was attended by a number of MPs and Lords including former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable, who was instrumental in the growth of the Catapults when in office.

During the course of the reception, Brad, the only apprentice at the event, met and spoke with a number of the MPs and Lords.

“They were interested in the sector and a few asked me about being an apprentice, how it all worked and what I thought of it,” said the 18-year-old from Hinckley.

“I felt honoured to be at the event and to be part of it. It was a really good experience.”

The reception included speeches from Dick Elsy, Innovate UK chief executive officer Dr Ruth McKernan CBE and founder and CEO of Oxford Space Systems - a space technology business that has been supported by the Catapult programme - Mike Lawton.

The Catapult Centres are a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.

The full list of Catapults:
Cell and Gene Therapy
Compound semi-conductor Applications
Energy Systems
Future Cities
High Value Manufacturing
Medicines Discovery
Offshore Renewable Energy
Satellite Applications
Transport Systems

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