Following the news that GE Energy in Rugby will remain open after speculation that it could close, Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has called on the Government to do more to support the next generation of skilled engineers.
During Defence Questions last week, Mark thanked the Minister for Defence Procurement for his support in bringing forward the Ministry of Defence’s order of the Type 26 Frigates, the engines for which will be built at GE’s Rugby site. Mark then asked what the Government was doing to encourage people to go into the engineering profession, so that this vital expertise can be retained in the UK.
The Minister, Stuart Andrew MP, responded to Mark by commending him for the work he did to retain GE’s Rugby site and commented that the Government felt it was vital for the Defence sector to have the right skills for the future. The Minister also spoke about the Defence Growth Partnership, which works collaboratively with suppliers in the Defence Industry such as GE so that the industry remains successful on the global stage.
Speaking after Defence Questions, Mark said:
“I am delighted that many of the vital skills and jobs in defence manufacturing at GE in Rugby have been retained and I’m very grateful to the Minister for his support in this matter. However, I also want to see us be able to take advantage of future opportunities in the sector and to do this, we need to ensure that the next generation of skilled engineers are trained here.”
“As well as GE, Rugby also has the catapult centre of the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty on our doorstep. This great site is attracting a wide variety of skilled engineering roles from companies such as Fanuc UK and Meggitt, who are building the largest brand-new factory in the UK for 10 years. This shows that there are great opportunities in Rugby for people looking to go into the engineering profession.”
“It is welcome that the Government is looking at what can be done to encourage more people to go into engineering through the Defence Growth Partnership and I will continue to fight for these skilled jobs to be in Rugby.”