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Local aerospace apprentices visit Jack Lopresti MP in House of Commons

Posted on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 12:00 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti with Rolls-Royce apprentices.

Apprentices from Patchway-based Rolls Royce last week attended a reception in the House of Commons that was organised by ADS Group, the aerospace trade association. The event was in recognition of the role of apprentices in the £24bn UK aerospace industry.

The apprentices, along with others from Airbus and GKN in Filton, were joined by local MP Jack Lopresti, and they discussed the many opportunities available in UK aerospace.

The event, which follows the launch of the joint industry and Government strategy for the future of UK aerospace through the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), celebrated the valuable contribution of apprentices operating in this important wealth-producing sector, and highlighted the advanced technological developments they are working to develop. The keynote at the reception was provided by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP.

Mr Lopresti commented:

“Airbus, Rolls Royce and GKN are examples of the vibrant and growing UK aerospace industry that exists in the South West and Filton in particular. At a time when it is sometimes difficult for young people to find a job, this sector is providing highly-skilled and rewarding apprenticeships all across the UK.”

“It was a delight to meet the apprentices and I was fascinated to learn about their exciting roles in the aerospace industry.”

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Patchway Rolls-Royce site escapes defence job cuts

Posted on Thursday 24th January 2013 at 7:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Rolls-Royce, Patchway, Bristol.

Workers at the Rolls-Royce factory in Patchway will not be affected by the loss of nearly 400 jobs within the firm’s defence division, says the Bristol Post.

News emerged on Tuesday that the company had begun consultation on staff reductions at its defence division plant at Ansty, near Coventry, where 378 “highly skilled” jobs are at risk.

The Unite union put the blame for the company’s decision on the Government for what it called “short-sighted” cuts to the national defence budget, but The Post says the running down of defence contracts could in fact turn out to be a “boost” for the Patchway plant, as it expected to benefit from work transferred from a Rolls-Royce site in Dahlewitz, Germany.

A Rolls-Royce spokesman said:

“We are in consultation with trade unions over reductions in our defence workforce at Ansty. We hope to achieve this without compulsory redundancies. Ansty also conducts civil aerospace business which is not affected.”

Last February, Rolls-Royce announced record annual profits of more than £1 billion for 2011.

The company employs just under 4,000 people at the Patchway site.

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200 jobs to be created by oil and gas firm at Aztec West

Posted on Tuesday 18th December 2012 at 4:39 pm by SH (Editor)


Two hundred jobs are set to be created at the Aztec West Business Park next year when an energy company establishes a new ‘subsea engineering hub’, reports the Daily Telegraph.

GE Oil & Gas already employs around 500 people in Nailsea and has other UK sites in Aberdeen and Montrose.

The company says the expansion is in response to growth in its underwater engineering workload, which includes drilling and production services in the North Sea.

Opportunities will be available for a range of engineering, project management and commercial professionals.

Rod Christie, Vice President for Subsea Systems at GE Oil & Gas, said:

“In order to respond to increasing demand for our products and services, we are creating a second subsea hub in Bristol.”

“The area has a strong pool of high integrity industries, such as aerospace, defence, nuclear and automotive that we can tap into, allowing us to realize our growth goals more readily.”

“Establishing a stronger presence in Bristol will enable us to bring new and much needed skilled staff into our global organization supporting the capabilities of our existing subsea hub in Aberdeen.”

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, added:

“I am delighted that GE has chosen to create a subsea engineering hub at the Aztec West Business Park. This will expand GE’s oil and gas presence in the UK and support the provision of high-tech equipment and services to the global oil and gas sector.”

“I am also pleased that GE has decided to locate this hub in my constituency, which is good news for the area and for UK manufacturing at a challenging time for the economy.”

Related link: Jobs in Patchway (The Journal)

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MP congratulates TNT Post on Patchway job creation

Posted on Friday 3rd August 2012 at 1:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti MP visits TNT Post, Patchway.

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, last week visited the TNT Post delivery depot on Patchway Industrial Estate to congratulate the company on creating over 160 jobs in the past five years.

During the visit Mr Lopresti met members of the TNT Post team in Bristol and heard how the company created jobs in its distribution depot and local sales force. He also heard about its plan to rollout a new mail delivery service to households and businesses across the UK which will create 20,000 new jobs in the next five years, involving infrastructure investment and job creation at the TNT Post Bristol depot.

Over the past five years, TNT Post has won many clients in the Bristol area from both the public and private sector. Well-known brands include Orange, a significant local employer and Bristol City Council which TNT Post has worked with over the past four years, saving the local taxpayer £480,000 through reduced postage costs.

Following the visit, Mr Lopresti said:

“Many congratulations to TNT Post on celebrating five years of operations here in Bristol. The company has made a significant contribution to the local economy and I welcome its plans for significant job creation.”

Nick Wells, CEO TNT Post UK, commented

“Many thanks to Mr Lopresti for taking time to meet with our team in Bristol which has delivered a great service and savings to local businesses and public sector organisations in the past five years. We look forward to significant growth in our local operations if we get Government backing for our Postie jobs creation programme.”

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