Warrington South MP Andy Carter welcomed the Minister of State for Employment, Guy Opperman MP, to Warrington on 20 January. The Minister paid a visit to BGEN, a Warrington-headquartered multi-discipline engineering solutions company that operates globally, to see first-hand the results of investment in training and apprenticeships taking place in the town. The visit coincided with data from the Office for National Statistics showing that Warrington’s unemployment levels have fallen over the past year to 2.3%, far below the UK national rate of 3.7%.
During his visit, the Minister met with BGEN’s senior leadership team to discuss the company’s recent achievements and current challenges the company is facing as it seeks to expand its workforce and global operations. Guy Opperman was also given a tour of the facility, which manufactures electrical panels for the company.
The ministerial visit came as BGEN has set out to increase its overall workforce from 1,000 to 1,300 employees. The company, which has areas of operation throughout Europe, the Far East and Africa, offers a range of apprenticeship, trainee, and graduate schemes. It also recently committed to recruit, retrain and support more female employees, which includes the formation of a women’s forum.
“It was interesting to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the business with Guy and Andy,” says Robin Whitehead, chief executive at BGEN. “We have made a firm commitment to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more people into the business to support our existing clients and new service offerings such as net zero engineering.”
Minister for Employment Guy Opperman MP says, “I was delighted to visit BGEN who are providing high skilled jobs in Warrington South. It was fantastic to visit the team with Andy Carter and have the opportunity to see the skill that goes into their work. BGEN is a local success story – it’s going from strength to strength.”
Andy Carter MP says, “It was a real pleasure to have the Employment Minister come over to the constituency and pay a visit to BGEN, a great employer in Warrington South. As well as providing jobs for over a thousand people, they’re doing excellent work towards helping achieve our net zero targets and ensuring that recruitment in engineering is better open to women, apprentices and those fresh out of university. I’d like to thank Guy Opperman for taking the time to visit Warrington, and also to BGEN for hosting the Minister and myself.”