PRESS RELEASE: MPs to meet ceramic industry apprentices

Apprentices and early career graduates working in the ceramic sector will visit the Houses of Parliament to discuss their careers in manufacturing.

A group of seven young people from all over the country will meet the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ceramics (APPG) in Portcullis House on Tuesday [26/06/18].

The parliamentary group of MPs and Lords from the main political parties is chaired by Ruth Smeeth MP, and each has a special interest in ceramic manufacturing, or has a factory in their constituency.

The visit, organised by the British Ceramic Confederation, raises the profile of the sector and demonstrates the great career opportunities in British manufacturing.

Tom Reynolds, Commercial and Public Affairs Director at the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “Increasingly, everyone is aware of the importance of apprenticeships in society, and that is especially true in the ceramic sector.

“This visit is an opportunity for MPs to meet apprentices who are contributing to the success of the industry.

“Ceramics is an innovative, diverse and growing sector, and these young people are involved in manufacturing products like bricks, tiles, drainage pipes, sanitary ware and tableware.

“Their employers are often based in the heart of their communities, making high-demand products, and many are planning to expand their workforce in the coming years.”

The apprentices and early career graduates:

  • Ben Lumsden, Ibstock, Throckley
  • Jack Travers, Ibstock, Birtley
  • Allana Burgess, Wade Ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Joe Hayes, Vulcan Refractories, Cheadle
  • Stuart Heyman, Forterra, based in Northampton (early career graduate)
  • Reece Currell, Forterra, Kings Dyke
  • Chris May-Miller, Morgan Advanced Materials, Stourport-on-Severn (early career graduate)

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