A new £14 million pound state-of-the-art Apprentice Academy was officially opened today by George Osbourne, at Rolls Royce in Derby.
ITV Central will later today attend the opening of the new Rolls-Royce Apprentice Academy in Derby.
Derby-based Rolls Royce has won a contract worth £1.6 billion to supply engines to Singapore Airlines.
Pupils from Gayton Junior primary school in Littleover in Derbyshire have been shown the Airbus A380 and the new Rolls-Royce XWB engine, which the airliner is currently testing.
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine which is being tested on the Airbus A380 but will be fitted to the new A350 aircraft, which is due to go into service from next year.
The founder of Rolls-Royce, Sir Henry Royce, was today honoured with a plaque at his former home in Derbyshire.
Rolls-Royce is now an international company and employs more than 40,000 people around the world including 11,000 still in Derby.
Michael Sibert reports from Quarndon House in Derby.
The founder of Rolls-Royce, Sir Henry Royce, has had a plaque unveiled at his former house.
He lived in Quarndon House in Derby after moving his factory from Manchester in 1907.
Sir Henry Royce modified his car engine to be used in aeroplanes during the first world war.
A new £14 million state-of-the-art training centre has opened at Rolls-Royce in Derby, where apprentices will gain hands-on engineering skills.
The Chancellor George Osborne offically opened the Apprentice Academy. He told Central Tonight's Rajiv Popat that more money will be spent on apprenticeships, which he believes will help boost the economy.
The Chancellor George Osborne will today open the new Rolls Royce Apprentice Academy in Derby.
The company say the academy will create jobs for young people in the Midlands in a number of sectors.
These include the supply chain for the company as well as in other manufacturing businesses.
Derby-based Rolls Royce has won an order worth £1.6 billion to supply engines to Singapore Airlines.
The company will supply Trent 900 engines for 20 of the Airbus A350 aircraft and 5 of the Airbus A380.
The order announced today follows Singapore Airlines’ June 2007 order of 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, taking the total order to 40 A350 aircraft to be powered by Trent XWB engines.