Ribble Valley MP welcomes new BAE training academy

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed an announcement by BAE Systems that a new state-of-the-art £15.6 million training academy will be opened at the Lancashire Enterprise Zone in Samlesbury next year.

The announcement was made during a visit by Prime Minister David Cameron to BAE Systems Warton site, near Preston, and was made alongside the news that the company will recruit a record number of more than 800 apprentices this year.

Speaking from Westminster in the wake of the Prime Minister’s visit to Lancashire, Mr Evans said: “BAE Systems is one of Lancashire’s most important employers and this new training academy will ensure that this world leading site will continue to be a success.

“The new training academy will be able to train a larger number of apprentices and also be able to co-ordinate much more closely with the local community and local schools. I am delighted that the company is investing at the Samlesbury site and helping to work towards making a success of the Lancashire Enterprise Zone.”

BAE Systems currently employs around 3,000 people at its Salmesbury site, which produces the fuselage and other parts for the Eurofighter Typhoon and other aircraft.