Blog Type, Fellowship Blog | May 2017

April Fellowship Blog

On the 18 April, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there would be a General Election to be held on the 8 June. This resulted in a number of our Fellowship visits being postponed, this month’s highlights include Maggie Throup visiting Toyota’s manufacturing site in Burnaston and Lord Young of Norwood Green spending time with 3M in Newton Aycliffe. Read on to find out more:-

On Friday 7 April, Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash, visited Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd at their vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

On arrival, Maggie was met by Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director where she received an overview of the plant and was given a presentation on Toyota’s current operations in the UK. Thereafter, Maggie was guided around the Toyota Academy. The Academy hosts apprentices and staff from across Toyota’s vehicle operations, including manufacturing, sales and marketing. Finally, Maggie was given a tour of the Assembly line. Burnaston is one of Toyota’s two manufacturing plants in the UK that represent a total investment in excess of £2.5 billion, as well as almost 3,100 jobs. The vehicle manufacturing plant is located at Burnaston in Derbyshire and the engine manufacturing plant is located at Deeside in North Wales. 

Commenting on the visit Maggie Throup said:

“I would like to thank all the staff at Toyota who gave up their time today and to also thank the IPT for their help in organising this visit. It was a very informative morning as I am currently engaged in a Manufacturing Fellowship with the IPT and as a neighbouring constituency MP, a number of my constituents work at the plant.”

Find out more about Maggie’s visit here

On Tuesday 25 April Lord Young of Norwood Green visited the 3M site in Newton Aycliffe. Lord Young’s Fellowship is helping him to further his knowledge of the way in which organisations are training their apprentices in order to fulfil the demand for highly skilled people in order to boost the workforce of the future.

During the visit, the former Opposition Spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills, was given an overview of 3M globally as well as its operations at Newton Aycliffe. Lord Young was also given a tour of the manufacturing plant and a briefing on research and development at the plant as well as a tour of the development facilities by Tony Stanford, Technical Manager.

The visit concluded with a briefing and lunch where Lord Young found out more about 3M’s apprenticeship programme which trains around 30 apprentices each year across a number of different areas such as engineering, IT and business administration.

Commenting on the visit Lord Young of Norwood Green said:

“3M is a company built upon innovation and it was fantastic to be able to see how 3M is training its workforce of the future through its apprenticeship scheme. I was very impressed by 3M and all of the staff and apprentices I met today and I look forward to my final 3M Fellowship visit to their Loughborough site next month.”

Find out more about Lord Young’s visit here

A full list of Parliamentarians engaged on IPT Fellowships in the next Parliament will be published shortly after the General Election. If you have any questions, then please get in touch with the Fellowship team. In the meantime, please keep up to date with our IPT Blog series: General Election 2017.

Written by Alex Reeves, Parliamentary Officer.