Martyn Day, MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk visited Rolls-Royce in Derby on Thursday 10 May 2018, to learn more about skills, innovation and manufacturing, as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship*.
Derby is home to Rolls-Royce’s largest UK site, employing over 12,000 people specialising in civil aerospace and nuclear engineering. Rolls-Royce was founded in the UK in 1906 and remains at the forefront of British engineering today - accounting for 2% of all goods exported from the UK, with 80% of what they produce in the UK exported around the world.
Throughout the day, Martyn visited the Technology Exhibition and the Availability Centre – which provided him with the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by UK manufacturing.
During the visit, Martyn met apprentices based at the Rolls-Royce Apprentice Academy. He learned how the Academy has increased Rolls-Royce’s capacity to train more apprentices on the same equipment they will use in the workforce. Rolls-Royce have approximately 600 apprenticeships and 600 graduates on their graduate scheme at any one time in the UK.
This visit to Rolls-Royce supported Martyn’s role as a member of the Public Accounts Committee by enabling him to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing UK manufacturing.
Martyn Day MP also commented:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Rolls-Royce in Derby today. It was helpful to gain a greater insight into the challenges facing the manufacturing sector. Rolls-Royce are at the forefront of aerospace manufacturing in the UK and it was fascinating to learn more about their investment in R&D and new technologies. It was also great to visit the Apprenticeship Academy and meet some of their apprentices. A huge thanks to Rolls-Royce and IPT for facilitating the visit.”
Katie Roscoe, Senior Government Relations Manager at Rolls-Royce added:
“It was a pleasure to welcome Martyn to our Derby site today. They had the opportunity to learn about the Rolls-Royce’s role as a global manufacturer and exporter. We were pleased that they were able to meet some of our staff and apprentices to see first-hand how we are training the next generation of engineers."
*IPT Fellowships are educational, non-lobbying attachments for parliamentarians, providing a unique perspective of the challenges and issues facing UK industry. Fellowships can take place in a range of organisations, from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and voluntary organisations.