ENGINEERING apprentices from leading Sheffield companies were invited to Parliament for a debate about the future of the industry.
Meg Munn, Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, invited the trainees from Gripple, Sheffield Forgemasters and AESSEAL, who joined parliamentarians at a meeting with Sir John Parker, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the House of Lords.
Engineering apprentice Joe Bedford, apprentice forge estimator Daviyd Franckeiss and graduate trainee engineer Chris Gardner attended the All-Party Parliamentary engineering meeting to represent their companies.
The trio joined in a discussion about the future of engineering and met other young engineers from across the country at an All-Party Parliamentary Engineering Group meeting held in the House of Lords.
The visit gave the young engineers the opportunity to meet people in the same sector, discuss issues in the engineering world with MPs and Peers, as well as gain a broader understanding of the work of Parliament.
Ms Munn said: “It was fantastic to have representation from three outstanding Sheffield-based companies at this meeting and great to meet some of our local young engineers, who represent the future of this important industry.
“All of the young engineers were a real credit to their organisations and I wish them every success in their engineering careers. I hope they enjoyed their visit and found it useful.”
The sector is a growth industry in South Yorkshire, particularly through the Advanced Manufacturing Park between Sheffield and Rotherham.
Sheffield University is embarking on a £130m revamp of its engineering faculty, which includes the controversial demolition of the old Jessop Hospital’s Edwardian wing.