The Duke of York visited Crewe and Telford on 9th March, 2015 with a programme focused on apprenticeships and Engineering.
HRH started the day with a visit to The Shropshire Star to launch Ladder For Shropshire – an initiative to encourage and support apprenticeships in the area. In November, 2012 The Duke became Patron of Ladder for London – a campaign led by the Evening Standard to encourage the business community to take on Apprentices. Since then HRH has supported the launch of seven other campaigns across Britain, including Ladder for the Black Country, which is supported by the same team as the Ladder for Shropshire.
The Duke met with prospective and current Apprentices with Ladder for Shropshire training providers and supporters, including businesses taking on apprentices for the first time.
HRH then visited Bentley Motors Limited, Crewe to see how the company has integrated its training of the future workforce into their production. The Duke toured the factory, meeting Apprentices working in the training cells on the Assembly line and the Wood Shop. HRH also received an update on the development of Crewe UTC, which will bring exciting new opportunities to young people in Cheshire.