Bolton apprentice speaks before David Cameron at Conservative Party conference
APPRENTICE Samantha Ball was the warm-up act for Prime Minister David Cameron as she spoke at the Tory party conference in Manchester.
The 21-year-old, an apprentice at Lostock-based missile manufacturing firm, MBDA, addressed delegates at the Tory Party Conference yesterday shortly before Mr Cameron’s keynote speech.
She spoke about her experiences as an apprentice in front of hundreds of delegates at the conference in Manchester.
Miss Ball is in her fourth year of an apprenticeship in Logistics and she said she was “really nervous” before stepping into the limelight.
She added: “Once I got started I was fine — I think it was because I was speaking about my apprenticeship which I’m really passionate about.
“I spoke about how when I was in college I was given advice that I shouldn’t do an apprenticeship — I had achieved As and A stars at GCSE and A-level and it was suggested that apprenticeships were for people who hadn’t done as well academically.”
But Miss Ball, from Wigan, pursued a career with MBDA who are sponsoring her to do a course at the University of Bolton, studying business management.
Mr Cameron’s speech was praised as “statesmanlike” by the Bolton Conservative group.
He vowed to back businesses to create what he called a “land of opportunity for all”. He also fired shots at the Labour party and what he called its “1970s style socialism”.
Cllr Andy Morgan, the deputy leader of the Conservatives in Bolton, said there “was no pretence” about the Prime Minister’s speech.
He said: “He made it clear that we have been a government who have made tough decisions and now it is a case of sticking with us because I think that kicking us out will set the country back.
“These sticking plaster attempts by Labour, such as to freeze energy bills, are absolute folly. They are simply headline grabbing announcements.”
The speech focussed on backing business and Cllr Morgan added that business is “inextricably linked to the economy”
He said: “Business is what will create jobs, not the government.”
Cllr John Walsh added: “It was a powerful speech and I was very impressed with her eloquent delivery. Here is a girl who did not go to university after she excelled in her GCSEs and A-levels.
"She took an apprenticeship, encouraged by Tory policy, and has now runs her own car, is buying a house and will study a business degree paid for by her employers. Samantha put a glowing picture of apprenticeships across to everyone in attendance.”
- More about Sam Ball and MBDA’s new recruits here.
Comments are closed on this article.