As part of National Apprenticeships Week 2022 it was great to welcome Shadow Education Secretary, Bridget Phillipson MP to our Banbury HQ today.
The Shadow Secretary firstly toured the facility to see our Motorsport and Advanced Technology operations based both under the same roof. She then met with degree apprentice Abi Holloway and her mentor Rich Harris, who talked her through some of the projects she has been working on, including the hydraulic systems for the prototype and production versions of the world's most technologically advanced road going hypercar.
Finally, Abi, Bridget and her team were joined by Advanced Technology Technical Director, Dr Iain Roche, as well as Head of Human Resources, Shaun Clayton, to learn more about how exactly apprentices are actively benefiting Prodrive's live client projects. They were happy to demonstrate how apprentices have an important role in contributing to Prodrive's culture of challenging existing ideas and applying fresh thinking.
As Abi is a degree apprentice on WMG's Applied Engineering Programme, following her visit to Prodrive, the Shadow Secretary then visited the WMG Degree Apprenticeship Centre at the University of Warwick to see how local businesses and education providers are working together to equip young people with the skills our country needs to prosper.