Xtrac welcomed the UK Prime Minister Theresa May to open its new manufacturing facility extension that will ultimately represent a £22 million investment in UK manufacturing. The Prime Minister’s visit to Xtrac took place ahead of the company co-hosting a Festival of Engineering involving budding engineers from schools across West Berkshire and North West Hampshire.
Peter Digby, president of Xtrac, showed the PM around the company's premises, which creates advanced gearboxes used by motorsports teams around the world and in hybrid and electric high-performance road cars.
The PM said: “Xtrac is a great example of how providing high quality apprenticeship programmes can help people to go on to have long-term and successful careers within the company that trained them. I am very pleased to be able to open this new facility which I hope will remain a leader in the manufacturing industry and inspire the next generation of engineers”
"As an ex-apprentice, I recognise the importance of getting young people into the workplace and providing hands-on career development through apprenticeship schemes,” said Digby. "Xtrac retains many of its trainees, and this ensures that the business has the skills it needs to compete on the world stage while providing a rewarding and stimulating career."
Following the PM’s visit, Xtrac co-hosted 400 secondary school students as part of the government’s industrial strategy 2018 Year of Engineering initiative. The Festival of Engineering was co-hosted by local MP’s Richard Benyon and Kit Malthouse. The festival, for school students aged 12 to 14 years, was planned and delivered by the Education Business Partnership (EBP), a charity based in Newbury.
Taking part in a series of practical activities given by 18 businesses the students learned about the inspiring career opportunities available by studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at GCSE level and above.