Parliamentarians visited a range of businesses throughout July, including a group visit to BP and a joint visit to Michelin.
The topics covered included sustainability and climate change, manufacturing and jobs, culture, and the future of finance.
Each visit is part of a wider educational programme bespoke to each parliamentarian to meet their specific learning objectives. Our hope is for the attendees to come away with more knowledge than they started, meaning they are better informed and better placed to do their job, which has a direct impact on people in the UK.
Industry visit to BP
On 4 July we had a cross-party delegation visit to BP’s technology centre in Pangbourne. The group was made up of five MPs: Bridget Phillipson, Adrian Bailey, Alan Brown, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Ranil Jayawardena.
The technology centre has been the location for BP’s development of fuels and lubricants, under the BP and Castrol brands, for more than 40 years. This visit set out to provide the parliamentarians with an insight to how BP is producing the fuels and lubricants that will be used in new, clean transport vehicles. They also learnt about the machine learning and data approach being taken by BP to support innovation.
Electric, autonomous and advanced hybrid cars are thought to the be the future for road transport in the UK, especially as we aim to move towards a low carbon economy. It is an issue that will affect each MPs’ constituents and this trip provides with a view of the emerging innovations and will provide the perspective and knowledge required to carry out the necessary work on it.
The MPs toured the facilities to see how fuel and lubricant is developed and met with numerous staff and executives to ask them questions about their work and future aspirations.
Adrian Bailey and Lord Young to Michelin
Adrian Bailey MP and Lord Young of Norwood Green are both doing post-graduate Fellowships – meaning they have completed a full Fellowship already – and are both interested in learning more about apprenticeships; their importance to the UK’s workforce – now and in the future - and how each business sets up its programme to equip apprentices with skills and experience.
On their visit to Michelin in Stoke-on-Trent they met with Ian Peart, their Head of UK Training, to speak about the apprenticeship levy and Michelin’s funding structure for their apprenticeship progamme.
Adrian and Lord Young also met with managers from the administration and engineering apprenticeship teams and discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in recruitment and how Michelin positively impacts the Stoke community, through their apprenticeship programmes and individual projects.
Other visits in July
Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, visited the Turing Institute
Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, visited Revolut
Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, visited Nelson Trust
Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, visited Hitachi
Baroness Meyer visited the British Fashion Council
Philippa Whitford, MP for Central Ayrshire, visited NATS
Baroness Wheeler visited Shooting Stars
Tracey Jessup, Chief Information Officer and Managing Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service, visited Thales
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, visited St James’ Place Wealth Management