By Denna Bowman
Young apprentices and long-standing employees with Michelin tyres in Northern Ireland were greeted by The Duke of York today.
Prince Andrew toured the Ballymena tyres factory and the company’s training facility to discuss the efforts being made to provide career opportunities for the workforce of the future.
Michelin relocated part of its apprenticeship training to the Michelin Technical Training Centre on the Ballymena Campus of the Northern Regional College in a bid to maximise its production space, broaden its skill base and enhance its training delivery.
This is where apprentices spend two years before joining the Ballymena plant, benefitting from a hands-on environment to broaden their skills and knowledge-base.
Eric Le Corre, Managing Director of Michelin, greeted the royal guest and said: “It was a great honour to have The Duke of York visit our Ballymena site.
“We obviously made a good impression as he toured our Stoke plant earlier in the year and this was a great opportunity for us to showcase our training scheme works across the different sites.
“Developing new talent is something we are passionate about at Michelin. This way we can ensure the next generation of technicians, engineers and operators have the necessary knowledge and skills to push our company forward, but also ensure manufacturing in the UK continues to flourish.”