Rotherwas aerospace firms seek apprentices

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Up to 10% of hundreds of new aerospace jobs in Herefordshire's enterprise zone will be apprenticeships, officials say.

Tbilisi Aerospace Manufacturing and Ukrainian Market-Mats have been talking to colleges in the county ahead of the likely opening of sites in Rotherwas Enterprise Zone, the council said.

In July, the council said new factories in the zone built by the firms could create about 500 jobs.

The firms want to employ people from within the county, the council added.

Not just teenagers

Councillor Jon Jarvis said: "When we met the participants fromm the different companies, one key issue is a school for apprentices so they can build up a strong workforce from within the county for when they open in say three years.

"It'll be working in conjunction with the education systems in the county."

He said the apprenticeships would not just be open to school leavers.

ROTHERWAS ENTERPRISE ZONE

  • About 1,800 jobs created by 2015
  • Three sites covering 61.5 hectares
  • Focus on defence, engineering, green technologies and food processing
  • Tax breaks saving £4m in business rates

"The firms don't want to be bringing people in from outside to take jobs in the county. They want to train and I believe someone has been appointed to manage this over the next two to three years.

"We didn't want to overhype this so that at a later stage it didn't actually come off but having met them we can see how serious they are with this school.

"They are really very keen to make a big success of it in Hereford."

Last August the government confirmed the creation of the zone, near Holme Lacy Road, one of 20 to be set up in England.

More than 50 defence and engineering businesses will be based there, creating about 1,800 jobs by 2015.

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