Monthly Archives: March 2012

Number of apprenticeships continues to rise, says government

New statistics show an increase in the number of people starting an apprenticeship. Provisional data shows that in the first half of the 2011/12 academic year 256,500 people started an apprenticeship, including 79,100 under 19s, 77,100 19-24 year olds and … Continue reading

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Thermacore set for growth after SC21 award

A Northumberland thermal management specialist is setting its sights on new opportunities and says it is on course for new contracs worth £200,000 in the aerospace and defence sector after securing accreditation via a SC21 (Supply Chain 21) award. The … Continue reading

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Spanish wind turbine manufacturer chooses Scotland for its global base

The Spanish wind energy specialist Gamesa has selected the Port of Leith for the establishment of a major offshore manufacturing base in the UK. The company said the site, which will house blade and nacelles manufacture, port logistics and O&M … Continue reading

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Cable faces call for a national manufacturing strategy

The head of the manufacturing group at the national association of independent accountants acting for hundreds of engineering and manufacturing businesses in England, Wales and Scotland has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable calling for a UK-wide national manufacturing strategy. … Continue reading

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Manufacturing pay remains stable through main bargaining round

UK manufacturers are managing to keep mounting pressure from employees for wage rises at bay according to new data from the manufacturers’ organisation EEF. Pay settlements in the sector remain at normal levels through what is regarded as the key … Continue reading

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Welcome for new jobs as BAE extends Lancs site

Plans by BAE Systems to increase fuselage production of the US F-35 jet, extending its site in Samlesbury, Lancashire, (pictured) with the creation of around 1000 new jobs emerged as the F-35 programme reached a milestone with the opening of … Continue reading

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New premises and jobs for Norbar

Norbar Torque Tools has announced a move to a new 170,000 square feet production site, over three times larger than its existing factory. The move will allow for an expansion in manufacturing output arising from increased demand for the company’s … Continue reading

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