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Filton site contributes to GKN Aerospace profits

Posted on Thursday 19th April 2012 at 10:45 am by SH (Editor)

GKN Aerospace.

Engineering group GKN has reported a 19% rise in first-quarter profits, with its Bristol-based aerospace interests contributing strongly.

The aerospace division, which makes wing parts for Airbus at its plants at Filton and Easter Compton, achieved a 13% rise in trading profits to £36m during the period on sales 5% higher at £370m.

The division was helped by a significant increase in production of Airbus aircraft. It is also benefiting from a contract with French aerospace firm Dassault Aviation to design and build the wing moveable surfaces for its next generation super mid-sized (SMS) business jet platform.

GKN has created a global centre of excellence in composite aircraft wing structures at Filton following its acquisition of Airbus’s manufacturing interests in 2008. It employs around 1,500 at the site producing wing sections for Airbus’s existing models.

It has also developed a new site at Easter Compton, for state-of-the-art automated composites manufacturing. Wing spars and trailing-edge assemblies for the Airbus’s new A350 XWB aircraft are being made at the plant.

GKN Aerospace has also invested in the National Composites Centre (NCC), which is based at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green.

The Filton company also recently announced that is to fund six young people on a ‘higher apprenticeship’ scheme operated in conjunction with City of Bristol College.

The apprentices will gain an NVQ level 4 extended diploma in engineering leadership and a foundation degree in engineering, which will let them gain a full degree while they are working in the industry.

Read more: Bristol aerospace work helps profits take off at GKN (Bristol Business News)

Related link: Apprenticeships at GKN Aerospace (GKN)

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MP praises Halfords’ apprentice scheme

Posted on Thursday 23rd February 2012 at 11:27 am by SH (Editor)

Local MP Jack Lopresti visited Halfords Autocentre in Filton last Friday (17th February) to meet one of their apprentices, Ben Fisher, and learn more about how the company is starting careers for local young people. Ben is undertaking an apprenticeship with the company and Jack discussed the skills that he is learning and the support he is receiving from the company.

Halfords currently employ 180 apprentices across the company, which represents around 10% of its technician workforce, and has taken on another 60 promising youngsters each year to replace those graduating. In the last two years they have increased the number of apprentices by 60%, and expect to take on 25% more this year.

Mr Lopresti said:

“I am delighted with the work that Halfords are doing with Ben. He is thoroughly enjoying working for Halfords, and I know the skills that he is learning will stand him in good stead for the rest of his working life. Halfords are very pleased with the progress he is making, and I am sure their apprenticeship scheme will give him and all others who are on it a career path within the company and beyond.”

More: Company has trained 1,000 technicians in twenty years »

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