Aerospace sector in the North West to get funding boost for leadership training

The North West’s aerospace industry has received £1.6m to improve skills and training across the region.

The latest cash boost to the North West Aerospace Alliance follows an earlier tranche of £2.6m from the North West Development Agency in January to support its Aerospace Supply Chain Excellence Programme (ASCE).

The new funding will be used to implement skills and leadership training to meet those needs identified during an initial ASCE benchmarking phase. And together with match funding from within the industry, the overall package could reach £8.4m by 2011.

Martin Wright, North West Aerospace Alliance executive director, said: “From the very outset we have always seen leadership as one of the most crucial elements of the programme. What this latest support will allow us to do is to help companies develop the leadership and skills needed to elevate their position in the supply chain.”

Dr David Bailey, programme director, said: “This latest addition to the programme will provide leadership training at both the executive and team leader levels and skills training in areas such as strategic business planning and project/risk management.”

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