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Articles about ‘Motor industry’

Guest column for Motortrades Insight

Welcome to my first column. I’m excited to start sharing my parliamentary perspective with Motortrades Insight, and the online automotive community. As a West Midlands MP with Longbridge in my constituency, an interest in automotive kind of goes with the territory, but it’s more than that. The automotive industry has been in my blood for as long as I can remember.

And when I say “automotive”, I don’t only mean the big car makers, vital though they are. I also mean the supply chain, retail and after-sales and the UK’s world-class performance engineering and motor sports sector. As someone who has dabbled in racing myself and remains a fan, the latter is something particularly close to my heart.

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Visit to Coventry University

Visiting Birmingham City University’s School of Engineering, Design & Manufacturing

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

Richard with JLR apprentices - photo credit SMMT

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week. I was delighted to celebrate the start of the week by attending an event on apprenticeships in the motor industry organised by the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders and Semta.

In particular it was great to meet Carolyn Lee and James Doughty, two new Jaguar Land Rover apprentices from the West Midlands. If anybody ever doubted the value of apprenticeships and what they can do to raise aspirations among young people, they just need to listen to the kind of things they were saying to me. Read more

National Apprenticeship Week