A Midlands aerospace company has bucked the trend and revitalised its apprentice programme.
Three years ago, Mettis Aerospace, of Redditch, was unable to attract any.
But their programme is now thriving with 17 apprentices in commercial, technical and craft areas. Mettis employs 500 people.
Karl Bishop, Mettis sales and marketing director, said: "We believe our efforts and the Government programme of attracting youngsters into engineering has worked.
"We have recently take on nine new apprentices to bring our total to 17. They have come from a variety of schools and colleges and some from MG Rover."
Mettis rewarded the apprentices with a visit to the Farnborough International Airshow this week.
Mr Bishop said: "They will be able to see at first hand Mettis products. They include a range of products for the giant Airbus A380."
Mettis has made high-precision components for the A380, including parts for the Rolls-Royce Trent 900s powering most of the aircraft undergoing trials.
Mettis is among the world's largest suppliers of aluminium alloy forgings and serves major aerospace groups such as Airbus, Boeing, GE and Rolls Royce.