MAY 2022: News from our local MP Jack Lopresti

April 27 2022

Employers are delivering high-quality apprenticeships

AT the time of writing, my thoughts remain with the people of Ukraine, who continue to endure the invasion of their country by Russian forces and the atrocities which are taking place as a result.  

Following on from my questions in the House of Commons during the March Ukraine debate and subsequently in Prime Ministers’ Questions, I remain very proud by the support and assistance that our Government and country continue to provide Ukraine, both in terms of military equipment and the enormous generosity shown by members of the public in making their homes available to Ukrainians, who have had no option but to flee their homeland – via the UK Homes For Ukraine scheme.

Following on from National Apprenticeship Week in February, I take an ongoing interest in the vital role our local employers play in delivering high quality apprenticeship schemes. 

Recent visits have included the pro-veterans employer Amazon, where I heard more about the action they are taking to make this year a record year in the creation of new apprenticeships. An impressive 1,500 apprenticeships are anticipated to be created in 2022.

Other local visits have included the Ibstock Brickworks factory at Cattybrook, where I met site manager Jon Rogers to hear about their apprenticeship programme and how they had navigated the challenges of the last two years in particular.

I continue to keep in touch with a range of stakeholders, council officers and ministers on the crucial M49 junction project. I have received assurances from South Gloucestershire Council that a full project team has been established locally to review the design work and to ensure that this project moves forward at a more progressive pace.   

Discussions are progressing with the relevant landowners to agree a process for the transfer of land currently required to enable the link road to be delivered. Parallel contingency planning is also in progress, in the event that a compulsory purchase order may be required.

Subject to the CPO position, the current expectation is that the link road could be open in late 2024 or early 2025.

The national Armed Forces Day this year is June 25.

Locally, the Armed Forces flag will be raised from June 18 at South Gloucestershire Council. 

As always, should you need my help with anything, my office is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm.

Please telephone me on 01454 617783 or email me at if I can be of assistance.