MP welcomes high tech firm’s jobs growth in Milton Keynes

Ian Handscombe, Prodrive general manager, right, shows Mark Lancaster MP, left, the carbon composite components vacuum sealed and ready to enter one of the company's four large autoclave ovens
Ian Handscombe, Prodrive general manager, right, shows Mark Lancaster MP, left, the carbon composite components vacuum sealed and ready to enter one of the company's four large autoclave ovens

A Milton Keynes MP has welcomed a high tech company’s commitment to train local people to fill 40 new jobs in the city.

Prodrive, in Precedent Drive, Rooksley, is looking for 40 new employees as a result of winning major contracts in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Milton Keynes North MP, Mark Lancaster, visited Prodrive and welcomed the news. He said: “It is fascinating to see the application and attention to detail the technicians need to make these complex components.These are highly skilled roles, which rely on individuals rather than machines to ensure product quality. It is excellent news that we have such a successful and growing business in the town and that Prodrive is focussed on recruiting and training local people to fulfil its needs.”

Prodrive currently employs more than 120 staff in the city and is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of composite components. The company is about to start a major programme to manufacture the lightweight bodywork and trim for a new supercar.

It is already manufacturing first class cabins for commercial airliners, interior and exterior trim for luxury cars, as well as components for a major space exploration programme.

The company is seeking local people to become composite production technicians to manufacture the high tech lightweight components. Full on the job training will be provided, leading to a nationally recognised NVQ Level 2 qualification in composite engineering, so no experience is necessary.

Prodrive managing director, Tony Butcher, said; “We are not necessarily looking for people with previous composite experience, rather those who have the right attitude, an attention to detail and a willingness to learn.

“Our composite components are all hand-made, so our we are looking for men or women, who can follow a pattern or design to create a product. They maybe someone who works with textiles, metal or woodworking or just has a natural eye for making things. It is a rapidly growing industry and offers a great career.”

Composites is already a huge global industry worth billions of pounds. The lightweight material used to be the domain of Formula 1 and stealth fighters, now it is increasingly be used on commercial airliners and in road cars. The latest A380 super jumbo and Boeing Dreamliner make extensive use of carbon composite in the superstructure, wings and skin to reduce weight.

Prodrive composites is a part of the Prodrive Group, a British motorsport and advanced engineering business, headquartered in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Prodrive is working with local recruitment specialist TXM Recruit to find the right candidates.

For more information visit: www.txmrecruit.co.uk/prodrive/