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International power engineering company EA Technology, based in Capenhurst near Chester, demonstrated its contribution to the local economy and commitment to nurturing young engineers during a recent visit from The Baroness Margaret Prosser OBE, life peer in the House of Lords.

During the visit, Lady Prosser enjoyed a tour of the facilities and explanations of services such as oil analysis and forensics demonstrating the company’s excellent reputation for product innovation.

While there she met with EA Technology’s Head of Training, Steve McIntosh and was told how the company is helping to address the UK’s engineering skills shortage.

Lady Prosser also gave a well-received talk to EA Technology’s Masters students, PHD students, apprentices and A Year in Industry students about making the most of their work placement.

Chris Lowsley, Managing Director of EA Technology, said: “It was a pleasure to have Lady Prosser visit us and see first-hand what we’re achieving here at EA Technology.

“As members of the Industry and Parliament Trust we are often at Westminster, and it was here we first met Lady Prosser and heard how interested she was in youth employment programmes, apprenticeships and SMEs.

“There is a huge skills gap in engineering, so a major part of our ethos as a business is employing people on graduate schemes, training from within and working with local universities and apprenticeship schemes to do our part in closing the gap – despite SMEs receiving little to no funding.

“In fact, since January we have taken on eight new starters, including graduates and trainees. Young engineers offer a fresh and innovative perspective on our services and we’ve been able to establish ourselves as a global power specialist by nurturing young talent.”