Affinity Flying Training Services participated in the annually held invite-only Apprenticeships Parliamentary Fair. Following its success at the 2023 event in which Affinity attended as a visitor, this year saw Affinity return and ramp up its presence to exhibit alongside industry giants BAE, Babcock and other notable organisations such as Manchester Met and World Skills UK. Representatives from Affinity met with Secretary of State for Education, Gillian Keegan as well as the Co-Chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, Charlotte Nichols, MP and Jonathan Gullis, MP.
Affinity, a trusted provider of reliable procurement and maintenance services, plays a vital role in advancing pilots through the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) delivering over 60,000 flying hours since 2016. With a strong presence in the UK, Affinity operates from RAF Barkston Heath, RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire and the RAF Valley in North Wales. The company makes a significant contribution to the UK’s thriving aerospace sector, offering job opportunities for both local professionals and aspiring young talents.
The event, hosted by Charlotte Nichols, and Jonathan Gullis, was organised to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week to drive discussions on how to strengthen opportunities for not only young people, but also for professionals seeking new career progression and direction. Affinity engaged in discussions with fellow esteemed employers, academic institutions, and apprentices on the challenges of the current system, and how to overcome barriers to foster new generations of talent within the aerospace sector.
Speaking on the event, Business Operations Director at Affinity, Alex Davison stated:
“Our apprenticeship scheme plays a pivotal role in cultivating talent by providing hands-on experience and targeted training, fostering a skilled workforce that contributes to enhanced productivity within an organisation. This structured approach not only develops individual capabilities but also generates a positive ripple effect on the overall business, as apprentices bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and a strong work ethic to the table.
“The government’s approach to supporting businesses with apprenticeships is good but not perfect. It was therefore useful to discuss some of the challenges that we face with likeminded employers and senior parliamentarians.”