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The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, visited Lambert Engineering in Tadcaster on his way to the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference in York. During his visit he met six Advanced Engineering apprentices from York College who work in different areas of the Lambert factory.

Nick Clegg spoke informally to each apprentice and asked them about their work at Lambert and studies at College. During the visit the Deputy Prime Minister was given a turn at the controls of an award winning racing car designed and built by the apprentices before holding an informal question and answer session with other employees.

Nick Clegg spoke about the success of the apprenticeship scheme and the high level of technical innovation and workmanship he saw during his visit. He spoke about what actions the government is taking to try and ensure better standards are in place, focusing mainly at school level, the advice they give and their engagement with the business community.

Lambert is a UK-based world leader in engineered automation projects for high volume or high precision production, particularly in the fast moving consumer goods and medical sectors. The seven apprentices currently working for the company are each at different stages of their studies. As employees their four year Advanced apprenticeship course involves spending the first year on a full-time course at College and the second year working in the company whilst finishing a technical certificate one per week, on day release. The final two years are spent at the company whilst progressing to study an HNC or Foundation Degree, on day release. On completion of the four year apprenticeship each person is allocated to the department which suits their particular subject specialism.

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