Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South and PPS to the Ministerial Team at the Department for International Trade, visited the Rolls Royce site in Derby on Thursday 07 December 2017 as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship* exploring the skills and exporting challenges faced by UK manufacturers.
Derby is Rolls-Royce’s largest UK site employing more than 14,000 people specialising in civil aerospace and nuclear. On his first visit as part of his 15-day Fellowship Programme, Mike toured the site receiving briefings on Rolls-Royce as an exporter across its businesses and to discuss how the Government supports industry with large global campaigns.
Throughout the day, he also met apprentices at the Rolls Royce’s Apprentice Academy, which enables apprentices to be trained on the same equipment that they will be using in the workplace. He also visited the Technology Exhibition and the Airline Aircraft Availability Centre, which combine the latest technology in digital data management and innovation.
Mike’s visit developed his understanding of how major UK manufacturers trade internationally, supporting his work as PPS to the Department of International Trade, and gave him insight into employment and skills challenges in the Midlands.
Commenting on the visit, Mike Wood MP said:
“My visit to Rolls Royce’s Derby site has provided invaluable first-hand insight into the experience of UK manufacturers, both operating as major regional employers and major international exporters. I would like to thank the IPT for facilitating this educational experience and look forward to finding out how different businesses operate as I continue my Fellowship.”
Kate Roscoe, Government Relations Manager at Rolls Royce added:
“It was great that Mike could spend some time with us in Derby to gain a deeper understanding of Rolls-Royce as a global manufacturer and exporter. Mike also got the opportunity to see first-hand how Rolls-Royce trains the next generation of engineers.”
Notes to Editors
*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.
Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where its engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. It operates across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.