An update from Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.
This past month or so has been a mix of work in Westminster and here at my home in the constituency.
Parliament had the Easter recess (break from parliamentary business) for two weeks, which is a great time to spend time seeing people. I return to the constituency every week, but during recess it’s great to have much more time in my home.
Over the past few weeks, I have visited Airbus with their ongoing ‘Airbus Integration Centre’, the superb and world class engineers with Bloodhound SSC World Speed attempt, the RAC highlighting members’ concerns over motoring and the opening by the secretary of state for transport of the new platform 1 at Bristol Parkway.
Alongside those names you may have heard of, I have spoken and visited many other companies who employ talented local people in projects, products and services that are sold at home and across the globe.
The key to most of these successful businesses is the range of apprenticeships offered. Thanks to changes in the Apprenticeship Scheme, apprenticeships can be offered to people of all ages and talents. For some it’s embarking on their first career, for others it’s their second or third!
It isn’t just medium or large businesses who can take advantage of the increase in productivity an apprentice can bring; small organisations can also benefit.
The confidence and planning involved with many of these businesses by staff at all levels, gives me confidence in stability for local jobs in the future.
Now that recess has finished and I’m back in Westminster for most of the week, I’ll ensure that your concerns and aspirations are raised in the Commons and with ministers.
My first day back saw a serious and meaningful debate on action in Syria by UK forces.
If you would like to discuss a matter with me, either as a resident, organisation or business, please contact my Bradley Stoke office to arrange a suitable time for a surgery or visit to your premises. Call 01454 617 783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For other contact details, visit my website www.jacklopresti.com
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