Jobs boost follows Rolls Royce move

Good start: Business Secretary Vince Cable and Ian Allkins, second left, with fellow apprentices
Good start: Business Secretary Vince Cable and Ian Allkins, second left, with fellow apprentices
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As many as 600 hi-tech jobs could be created by Rolls-Royce’s decision to build its £80 million Advanced Blade Casting Facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire.

Colin Smith, director of engineering and technology at the aerospace giant, says that while the facility itself will employ 150 people when it is up and running, he expects three or four times as many jobs to be created overall, as other companies expand on the back of Rolls-Royce’s arrival.

Speaking before Business Secretary Vince Cable dug the first piece of earth to start construction, Mr Smith praised the region’s history of high quality engineering and the way advanced manufacturing companies and universities were working together through the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

“Here at the AMRC that integration is really, really working and really delivering to the benefit of UK industry,” said Mr Smith.

Also speaking at the event was former Paratrooper and Royal Engineers’ vehicle mechanic Ian Allkins, who is now a Rolls-Royce apprentice and set to join the Advanced Blade Casting Facility when it opens.

He told Dr Cable and guests that his experience told him Rolls-Royce apprenticeships were second to none and the new factory offered an exciting future.

“As an apprentice at Rolls-Royce, I feel it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to be based at this site,” he added.