Lockheed Martin UK Builds Manufacturing Knowledge and Excitement for Local Students at its Ampthill Site

TWO local schools get a tour of manufacturing facilities and the vehicle systems integration lab, and participate in an engineering exercise with LMUK graduates.

AMPTHILL, BEDFORDSHIRE, June 29, 2012: Supporting the Department for Business, Innovation and Skill’s See Inside Manufacturing campaign, Lockheed Martin UK showcased its technology and engineering expertise to local students from All Saints Academy and Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College. Eighteen scholars joined LMUK for an interactive manufacturing training day, giving hands on experience and highlighting the engineering career opportunities available in Bedfordshire. 

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “See Inside Manufacturing is about changing perceptions of modern manufacturing and showing young people, teachers and careers advisers that the industry offers interesting and rewarding job opportunities.

“I’m pleased that Lockheed Martin UK has signed up to help represent the aerospace and defence sector, and dispel outdated perceptions of manufacturing. I encourage people to come along and see for themselves what exciting opportunities exist.”

LMUK graduates took the students on a tour of the company’s local facilities, highlighting the Prototype Model Shop, the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme and the production workshops. In this way, the latter experienced first-hand the manufacturing facilities and the projects that are currently under way in the industry.

To further excite students about a career in manufacturing, LMUK hosted an engineering exercise, which saw the students design and build a small vehicle which must support an egg while being towed over rough terrain. The winning team, from Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College was awarded with National Book Tokens by Steve Burnage, LMUK Ampthill, Head of Design.

Stephen Ball, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK remarks: “We are very excited to be participating in this year’s BIS See inside Manufacturing Campaign, to help excite and educate young people on the manufacturing opportunities that exist all over the UK. We hope the scale and the significance of the projects we run at our Ampthill site inspired local students and illustrated the fascinating and important work that takes place in the industry.”

Lockheed Martin’s Ampthill site works on major programmes spanning the defence, aerospace and civil sectors, including the Warrior Capability and Sustainment programme. Some 650 people are employed at the location.


Julie Bevan, Communications Manager

Mob: +44 (0)7825 845772

E-mail: julie.bevan@lmco.com


About Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin UK, part of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a leader in systems integration, working on major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.  Lockheed Martin UK works with more than 100 business partners and employs over 1,500 people at sites across the UK.