Hamble’s MP Mike Thornton has backed the announcement of a £32 million investment for Hamble’s GE Aviation.
The contract supplying Airbus has helped secure the future of the plant, and its hundreds of highly skilled employees for years to come, and will also see the expansion of GE Aviation’s apprentice programme.
GE Aviation has started developing a new 9,000 sq m state-of-the-art facility at its site in Hamble as part of a five-year, £32m, cash injection from Airbus. The new facilities will make wing components for the Airbus A350 XWB, which is billed as the next generation of long-haul passenger aircraft.
Local MP Mike Thornton said:
"Today's announcement represents a massive boost for our local economy. It provides security for hundreds of local employees and paves the way for even more apprenticeships in our area.”
"This further investment at GE Aviation, the largest production contract awarded in the plant’s 75-year history, is a testament to the company’s innovative and ambitious approach, which is allowing them to meet the challenges and compete on the global stage."
The news of this local investment follows the launch of the Liberal Democrat Million Jobs Campaign. More than one million private sector jobs have been created since the Coalition Government came to power. Liberal Democrats now want to create a million more.
Mike added, "The Liberal Democrats in Government have helped business create more than a million private sector jobs and now we’re working to create a million more. Apprenticeships are key to that."
"We are offering grants of £1,500 to businesses taking on their first apprentice aged 16 to 24, and locally we've already seen 2310 people start apprenticeships since 2010. Apprentices are one of the many important ways to ensure young people gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed on the job market. Not only do they provide young people with opportunities and careers they may not otherwise have had, they are a real help to all businesses who take them on."