4 December 2014


Matthew Polley, who has recently completed his apprenticeship at Prodrive and lives in Banbury, has met the prime minister, David Cameron, at number 10 Downing Street.


Matthew and Prodrive chairman, David Richards, were guests at a special reception hosted by the prime minister to recognise the important role apprenticeships play in the British motorsport industry.  The majority of the industry is based in and around Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire and employs more than 50,000 people in the region, as well as contributing more than £5 billion a year to the British economy.


24 year old Matthew started at Prodrive in 2011 and completed his three year apprenticeship earlier this year splitting his time between Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury and studying at Banbury & Bicester College for a BTEC extended diploma in engineering.  He now builds high performance race engines for Prodrive’s Aston Martin racing cars.


“It was a real privilege to be selected to attend such a prestigious event and represent not only Prodrive, but the hundreds of apprentices in the British motorsport industry.  When you start as an apprentice you never think that one day you will be at No.10 talking to the prime minister and telling him all about your job alongside some of the greatest names in British motorsport such as Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and John Surtees,” said Matthew Polley.


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