UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits MAN Diesel & Turbo in Stockport
The Local Growth Committee convened a meeting onsite
On October 16th MAN Diesel & Turbo was honored to welcome the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at its site in Stockport, where he convened a meeting of the Local Growth Committee. “We were absolutely delighted to host the Local Growth Committee’s meeting, even more so since this is the first time it was held outside Whitehall in London”, said Wayne Jones, Senior Vice President and Head of the Business Unit After Sales at MAN Diesel & Turbo.
The session was attended by a number of Ministers among them the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey. The members discussed ways the central government can speed up growth in the country’s north.
The visit resonated well with the Committee’s participants. Penny Mordaunt MP – Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government stated on Twitter: “Thank you for hosting today’s local growth cabinet. As a Portsmouth MP I completely get why world economy hinges on your sector.”
Before the Committee’s convention the members were given a tour of the factory site, including the PrimeServ Academy, MAN Diesel & Turbo UK’s training facility. “The professional qualification we offer and conduct at the PrimeServ Academy is a strategic target of our company”, explained Jones. “The decline in popularity of apprenticeships among young people in the UK these days also was one of the topics I had the chance to discuss with The Right Honorable Nick Clegg. We both agreed on the importance of a balanced workforce and he was very pleased by the practical education we are offering to young people here in Stockport and all over the world at MAN Diesel & Turbo.”
How to best protect and support the manufacturing base in the north of the UK was another topic raised in what turned out to be an open exchange of ideas between the Committee and MAN Diesel & Turbo executives: “The members of the Committee were very open to hear our thoughts on how best to stimulate the economy in this region and support the local businesses. I had the opportunity to discuss various issues on the economy, business outlook and skills shortages”, Jones concluded.
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s UK business employs close to 250 people in Stockport, Redhill (close to London), Colchester, Teesside and Aberdeen. There is a high focus in the business to recruit apprentices and 12 apprentices are in place at the moment with a plan to recruit a significant number over the forthcoming years to address the age profile within the organization. It is envisaged that in the next 3 years more than 10 percent of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s UK workforce will be apprentices.