Kelly Tolhurst Member of Parliament for Rochester & Strood visited the IPS Workshop at Northbank House on Friday the 20th April and congratulated apprentices on their recent apprenticeship achievements.

Kelly met with a cohort of achievers from the Engineering and Business sectors, who explained to her their experiences, accomplishments and the benefits of their apprenticeships. Kelly herself told them how important she feels apprenticeships are and how they give you skills to succeed in life while having a career path where you can progress and how she is proud to see their skills contribute towards economic success.

Dan Eydman, Jon Marks Z-Tech Employer and Kelly Tolhurst MP.

Engineering Apprentice Dan Eydman with employer Jon Marks – Z-Tech and Kelly Tolhurst MP.

Firstly, Kelly met Dan Eydman who has recently completed his Advanced level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance / Construction Plant and Systems – Instrument and Controls. Kelly presented Dan with his certificate alongside his employer Z-Tech Control Systems and Dan’s IPS assessor, Richard Thompson who were there in support of Dan’s achievements.

Next to meet Kelly was Lewis Rigden who has recently completed his Intermediate L2 Business Administration Apprenticeship with IPS, Lewis was also presented with his functional skills ICT certificate that he passed with IPS.  Lewis told Kelly how he started his Apprenticeship because he felt it would be the quickest way for him to learn a trade while earning a wage and it gave him a good understanding and insight into a working environment.

Lewis, Brian Windows for Construction and Kelly Tolhurst

Apprentice Lewis Rigden with his employer, Brian Simpson Service and Operations Director at Windows for Construction Ltd and Kelly Tolhurst MP.

Lewis was in attendance with his Employer Windows for Construction where he is now in full-time employment and he told Kelly how he is hoping to progress and develop with them further.

“For the future, I’m looking at developing my management skills and taking on more responsibility to progress my future career.  I’d like to stay at WFC and work my way upwards hopefully achieving a manager/director role in the company. The Apprenticeship has helped build my self-confidence and made me step out of my comfort zone.”

Lewis’s Employer Brian Simpson, Service and Operations Director at Windows for Construction said “Apprenticeships are the foundation upon which careers are built! A special mention must go to Joanne King of IPS who provided Lewis with expert guidance throughout his course! Thank you.”

Finally, Kelly congratulated Kayleigh Proctor; who recently completed a L3 Business Administration apprenticeship. Kayleigh is now a Business Administrator working for IPS International Ltd.

Kayleigh IPS Business Admin Apprentice and Kelly tolhurst MP

Kayleigh Proctor, IPS Business Admin Apprentice, being presented her certificate by Kelly Tolhurst MP.

“It was clear Kelly supports Apprenticeships and the fact they develop skill-sets and careers. She was very passionate about helping the local community and the companies within the area and is very keen to support local businesses. ”

While visiting Northbank House, Kelly also took a tour of the IPS workshop with Director Don MacDonald. Kelly has an extensive engineering background and was very impressed with the workshop, and the different variety of sectors it caters for; Electrical, Milling, Welding, Benchwork, Motor Vehicles, Hydraulics to name just a few. Kelly especially enjoyed the Hydraulics section as she has trained in this field and even mentioned she wished she had known about IPS when she was in training as she couldn’t find anywhere more local to her other than Greenwich at the time.


Kelly Tolhurst MP and IPS Director Don MacDonald in the IPS Workshop

Kelly Tolhurst MP and IPS Director Don MacDonald in the IPS Workshop.

To celebrate and encourage more local skilled young people to take up an Apprenticeship, Kelly Tolhurst MP, will be hosting an Apprenticeship Fair on Friday 4th May 2018, 10 am to 2 pm at the Medway University Technical College. IPS will be attending and supporting, giving you information and guidance on Apprenticeships.

We would like to thank Kelly for taking the time to visit us, and we look forward to seeing you again at the UTC event next week.

For more information on Kelly’s apprenticeship fair, please contact her directly at

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