Merthyr Tydfil’s newest major employer has teamed up with local business, education and training experts to ensure mutual benefits for the wider economy and workforce.
General Dynamics Land Systems-UK , which is set to create 250 jobs over the next 18 months, is receiving help with recruitment and a package of other support from the Merthyr Tydfil Economic Growth Strategic Partnership Group.
The group comprises representatives of the local authority, Department of Work and Pensions, Job Centre Plus, Careers Wales, Merthyr Tydfil College, Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind and Tydfil Training, and meets the company regularly to discuss its requirements.
General Dynamics Land Systems–UK recently took on four apprentices from the college. The apprentices attend college classes four days a week and gain hands-on experience at the company’s facility one day a week to learn more about engineering and prepare for their future careers.
“We’ve worked with General Dynamics Land Systems–UK from the outset, to support it setting up in the county borough, including finding suitable premises, and putting on a site services contractors’ fayre to identify opportunities for local firms,” said Merthyr Tydfil Council Economic Development & Strategic Tourism Manager Chris Long.
“The partnership is keen to continue supporting the company with its recruitment plans, both through similar apprenticeships and also by helping raise awareness of all the positions it is advertising.”
Paul Clement, Production Programme Director at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK, said:
“We have worked collaboratively with the Merthyr Tydfil Economic Growth Strategic Partnership Group. Together, we have been able to identify the opportunities to mutually support each other, including identifying an excellent apprenticeship training scheme for our local apprentices with Merthyr Tydfil College.”
General Dynamics Land Systems–UK is currently transforming the former Linde Forklift Truck factory into a specialist engineering and advanced manufacturing hub for the British Army’s first fully-digitised AJAX Armoured Fighting Vehicles.
General Dynamics UK employs more than 600 in Oakdale, Caerphilly, and Merthyr Tydfil, and its Merthyr Tydfil workforce is set to grow to 250 in total, with additional recruitment taking place later this year. Its Merthyr Tydfil facility will see the assembly, integration and test of 489 AJAX platforms, with the first platform being delivered to the British Army in 2017.