Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero visited a booming local business last week to meet staff and learn more about its apprentice training academy.
Workers at Caunton Engineering were given the chance to meet the local MP and discuss any issues they may have as she was given a guided tour.
Gloria was also briefed about the companies exciting plans for the future, which include the construction of a new manufacturing facility which they have secured £5 million worth of investment for.
The money will go towards building and plant machinery for the new development, which is set to be complete by September 2014.
She said that it was great to have such a fantastic company which led the way in the engineering field based on the doorstep.
She added: “I found the visit to Caunton really interesting , what really impressed me was how many of the staff are local and call Eastwood and the surrounding area their home.
“As the area’s MP, it makes me really proud when I see just how many talented and skilled workers we have.”
Based on Moorgreen Industrial Park, the family owned firm is one of the country’s leading steelwork contractors.
The company places a strong emphasis on apprentices, who are at the heart of everything they do, and now has its own in-house training academy.
They are proud to boast that they are the only small to medium-sized business to have an apprentice on the Industry Apprentice Council.
During her visit, Gloria was also told about the company’s partnership with schools in the area, which has proved to be mutually beneficial to all parties.
Several directors at the company are able to trace their first steps back to the shop floor aged just 16 year.
More than 200 people, most of who are local, work at the firm that designs, fabricates and erects structural steelwork.
After investing heavily in training and development the firm has reduced the average on the shop floor to 38 staff, down from 55 in 2007, with almost a quarter of the floor being apprentices.
Recent projects in Nottinghamshire that the company have worked on include Mansfield Bus Station and West Bridgford Library.