New minister tells of skills’ importance
July 02, 2007
NEWLY appointed minister of state for trade and investment Sir Digby Jones visited a Reading company days before getting his new job.
The former bosses’ boss, who is now one of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ministers, visited research and technology firm Thales on Tuesday last week.
During his visit to the Worton Drive company Sir Digby, who used to be head of the Confederation of British Industry, spoke of the importance of engineering and technology to the future of the UK’s skills base.
Graduate recruits from the company also gave presentations of some research projects being undertaken at the base during Mr Jones’s visit.
Managing director John Howard said: “Thales UK employs over 9,000 employees based in 55 locations throughout all regions, with a high proportion of staff being involved in science, technology and engineering.
“As a company, therefore, the themes of technology and education are key for us. We have very much enjoyed hosting Sir Digby and providing some demonstrations of some of our key research projects.”