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Bishop hails investment in BAE future

The Bishop at BAEs training base

The Bishop at BAEs training base

The Bishop of Blackburn has hailed the “huge investment” made by BAE Systems into its next generation of workers.

The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, who arrived as the head of the Anglican Diocese for Lancashire in October, visited the company’s sites in Warton and Samlesbury during a day-long visit which also took a look around the firm’s training centre in Preston.

He met some of the latest intake of apprentices who are spending the first 12 months of their training at the centre before visiting different parts of the business which employs more than 10,000 people.

The Bishop said: “Seeing the enthusiasm which the apprentices tackle their training was great to see.

“They get the opportunity to see the company from the bottom upwards and it seems to me this is a great way to get to know a profession. It is so important we continue to invest in our young people and for BAE Systems it is a huge investment in its future.”

During the visit, the Bishop attended the company’s site at Samlesbury before finishing his tour at Warton where he visited the Typhoon final assembly line and Hawk manufacturing facility to look at the aircraft which the RAF fly in frontline action and to train their pilots of the future.

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