New skills on the horizon

I hope everyone had a good Bank Holiday weekend.

Thank goodness the weather took a turn for the better. It meant we could make some progress with the harvest after an otherwise wet and frustrating August.

On Friday I did have time to visit the new JCB Academy which is in my own Uttoxeter Rural division.

“Absolutely fabulous” is the only way to describe the transformation of the Arkwright and Tudor mill in Rocester. Villagers were invited to an exclusive preview after 18 months of building work.

Children start at the new Academy later this month. It was conceived from Sir Anthony Bamford’s insight into the need for engineering and manufacturing skills.

 If our economy is to be competitive these are exactly the skills we need.

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