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26 February 2007
Former aerospace apprentices to be named freemen in special ceremony
Nineteen former apprentices from Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems are to become Freemen of the City at a special ceremony to be held at the Council House in Coventry city centre at 2.30pm on Tuesday, February 27.

The ceremony will be attended by Master of the Freeman's Guild, Andrew Sanders, the Lord Mayor and executives from Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems, who will acknowledge that all the new Freemen have served an apprenticeship in the city. Elsewhere in Britain, Freeman status can only be bought or inherited.

Those becoming Freemen of the City include: Mr Kevin Ames, Miss Laura Bennett, Mr Lee Bennett, Mr Roger Blackaby, Mr Steven Buzzard, Mr Paul Clark, Mr Stephen Davies, Mr Stuart Dwyer, Mr Craig Fisher, Mr Mark Goodwin, Mr Robert Gunn, Mr Andrew Hayden, Mr Ian Henton-Smith, Miss Lorna Holloway, Mr Paul Huskins, Mr Russell McAllister, Mr Mark Pearson, Mr Jay Podger and Mr David Warrington.

"We are proud of our apprentice programme and the hundreds of talented individuals who have passed through the scheme. We are pleased to formally acknowledge the former apprentices in this way," said Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems' Managing Director, David Johnson. "We see training as crucial to encouraging young people to enter the engineering industry.

"This special ceremony is to honour the achievement of 19 former apprentices. Some of these new Freemen have just completed their training, while one spent his career with us before recently retiring."

Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems' apprentice scheme is highly acclaimed and the company was recently named as one of the country's top training providers by Adult Learning Inspectorate, the Government body responsible for the quality of education and training for adults and young people.

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