Posted: Tue 13th Mar 2018

Tata to get £4 million Welsh Government investment to help boost skills

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 13th, 2018

Tata Steel is set to receive £4 million from the Welsh Government to boost skills.

The investment will enable Tata Steel to deliver a number of distinct training projects to strengthen the core skills of their employees and help them develop new advanced manufacturing and engineering techniques across the business. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

These are designed to improve efficiency and increase productivity to help Tata Steel meet the growing demands of the highly competitive global steel industry. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Wales First Minister announced the £4 million investment following a visit to the company’s Port Talbot plant ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A Welsh Government spokesperson confirmed to Deeside.com the investment will cover both Port Talbot and Shotton sites. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The First Minister said; “We continue to work very closely with Tata Steel to support their plans to develop its business and become more innovative, productive and efficient. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Tata Steel has made a substantial commitment to roll out a wide-ranging programme of ring-fenced training projects across all sites in Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The investment I am announcing today demonstrates our absolute commitment to the company in supporting this ambitious agenda.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tata Steel has identified a number of key business priorities that include; aspiring to be the world steel industry benchmark for value creation and corporate citizenship; sustain their skills-base through recruitment, retention and training of their apprentices, trainees and employees and to continue to contribute positively to the Welsh and wider economy. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In response to the announcement, a spokesperson for Tata Steel said;

“We are delighted the Welsh Government has again recognised the importance of supporting the training and continued upskilling of the workforce. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

More than 80% of all our employees in Wales have directly benefitted from training in areas such as health & safety, business and maintenance excellence as well as a host of other areas thanks to Welsh Government funding. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This allows us to ensure our employees can do more which in turn means they can better support the whole economy of Wales.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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