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Thales arms company is boosted by skills training, says Minister

By Staff Reporter

Published 30/08/2016

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton with Thales Advanced Weapon Systems UK general manager Philip McBride during a visit to the company’s Belfast facility
Economy Minister Simon Hamilton with Thales Advanced Weapon Systems UK general manager Philip McBride during a visit to the company’s Belfast facility

Northern Ireland weapon manufacturer Thales is continuing to grow its business thanks to the use of workforce training, the Economy Minister has said.

Simon Hamilton was speaking during a tour of the company's Belfast base.

"Thales is an outstanding example of a dynamic and innovative company which has forged a world-class reputation in what is a high value sector," he said.

"Allied to the company's ground- breaking product development is a continued commitment to investment in workforce training, including its high proportion of specialised design engineering staff. Through my Department's Assured Skills programme, we will continue to work with the Thales engineering team to develop a tailored response to future skills requirements, which will help Thales gain a competitive edge in the global market."

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