Caroline with Britten-Norman apprentices, Sam Dowers and Brad Tillett


Local MP Caroline Dinenage today met apprentices at Britten-Norman to mark the final day of National Apprenticeship Week.


Britten-Norman is the UK’s only independent civil aircraft manufacturer and offers a wide range of aerospace apprenticeships, from airframe construction to avionics installation.  During her visit to the company’s site on the Daedalus Enterprise Zone Caroline heard from apprentices, Brad Tillett and Sam Dowers about their experiences of the training programme and their plans for the future.


Speaking after her visit, Caroline said:

“Britten-Norman does very impressive work at Daedalus and the young people enrolled on their apprenticeship scheme have an incredible opportunity to develop highly specialised skills which will be invaluable to future employers, be it Britten-Norman or others.

Apprenticeships are a really good alternative to traditional paths of further education and I am proud that there were 2,330 starts in the Gosport area in 2013/14. There is a huge range of companies offering these training schemes locally, many of which have been boosted by the new CEMAST skills centre at Daedalus."

Britten-Norman is now looking to take on eight new apprentices in September of this year.  The deadline for applying is Friday 27th March.



National Apprenticeship Week takes place in March each year and celebrates the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy as a whole.