The Master, Ken Sanders, had the opportunity to take a number of our apprentices/Freemen to the March luncheon of the All Party Parliamentary Engineering group, in the House of Lords. Attending with Ken were Freeman James Kung, and Apprentices Owen Hewit and Jennifer Williamson.
The topic of this meeting was 'Advances in Aerospace including Air Safety. The guest speakers were: Stuart Baker, Operations Planning Executive, Civil Systems, Rolls Royce, Prof. Graham Braithwaite, Professor of Safety and Accident Investigation, Cranfield University and Prof, Rob Miller, Chair in Aerothermal Technology, Whittle laboratory, Cambridge University.
Before the luncheon, over drinks I was able to introduce the team to Lord Broers, Chairman of the event!
Students, as usual, were encouraged, Lord Broers, to participate fully in the Q&A sessions following the presentation, and this topic really did provoke a lively debate amongst students, industrialists and politicians!
Comments from the attendees are recorded below.
''The APPEG lunch at the house of lords was a brilliant experience, it was a great opportunity to meet people involved with and interested in the UK Aerospace industry and a great insight into both the present state of the industry, and the plans that exist for the future, which was very exciting to hear as an aeronautical engineering student.''
Apprentice Owen Hewit
'' had such a lovely time at the APPEG luncheon. This was my second time attending; last time, I was in sixth form and it was really exciting to get to talk to people already working in the engineering sector and to learn from them. Now, I’m in my 3rd year of university and I was able to share my own experiences of studying an engineering degree with a current GCSE pupil! This just goes to show what a great event this is for connecting people at all stages of their engineering journey! The main talk on aircraft safety shone a really interesting light on the subject, and the debates afterwards are always great to hear. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on the importance of women in engineering. It was refreshing to hear different people’s views on how best to engage young girls and women into STEM careers. The venue is also such a nice setting on the river, and dining in the House of Lords never stops being exciting. Thank you to Ken for organising this event for us and for being so lovely as always while introducing us to many of the guests.''
Apprentice Jennifer Williamson
The All-Party Parliamentary Engineering Group meeting was an interesting opportunity to interact with Members of the Commons and Lords and to hear their thoughts on national science and engineering policy. While I am not an expert in aeronautics (the theme of the day), the expert speakers we heard from over the course of the lunch were engaging and thought provoking, and led to many a lively discussion about the future of the aeronautical industry and how the UK can remain a leader in the area. It is gratifying to know that even in times of change politicians remain aware of the importance of supporting continued innovation and technological development.
Freeman James Kung
KJS March 2018