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3 minute read - 2nd November 2022

Sylatech to create 30 new jobs in North Yorkshire

Sylatech, a component supplier to the aerospace and defence industries, has welcomed the prospect of closer links between employers and education providers in North Yorkshire as it expands its workforce to meet growing demand for its specialised engineering products.

The firm is set to create up to 30 new jobs as part of a multi-million pound investment programme at its design and manufacturing facility in Kirkbymoorside to take advantage of growth opportunities in domestic and global markets. Roles on offer include engineers with microwave and radio frequency skills, computer control programmers and machine operators.

As part of a proposed devolution deal with the government, York and North Yorkshire will get new powers to boost local skills to meet the needs of the local economy. The powers will allow education providers to be more responsive to requirements of local employers like Sylatech and help young people in York and North Yorkshire to develop the skills they need to get good jobs and increase their career prospects.

Sylatech is to create up to 30 new jobs at its facility in North Yorkshire, and welcomed a proposed new skills plan for the area / Picture: Sylatech

Gordon Gunn, commercial director at Sylatech, said: “We would absolutely welcome more targeted support and funding for training and skills in the local area. We have good relationships with colleges in Malton and York, but there is a shortage of new apprentices and we want schools to understand there are good opportunities locally for long-term careers in engineering. Our business is buzzing. We are the largest employer in the local area with 135 employees and we are forecasting turnover to grow by 20 per cent to £9 million this year. We are creating 20 to 30 new jobs over the next three years and we are looking for engineers with microwave and radio frequency skills, computer control programmers and machine operators.

“Because we cannot get all the skills we need locally, we have to use subcontractors from outside the local area. We have a great relationship with our supply chain but the local area is missing out on economic development opportunities. High street shops, local accommodation and other amenities could benefit if we didn’t have to subcontract this work.”

Established in 1964, Sylatech designs and manufactures high-precision components and assemblies for the aerospace, defence and space industries. Customers include European aerospace and defence giants Thales and Saab, with exports accounting for 60 per cent of sales.

The company is taking part in the government-backed Sharing in Growth transformation scheme to expand the UK aerospace supply chain. It was also an early adopter of the four-day working week, which it introduced five years ago to help improve work-life balance for production staff.

Cllr Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, added: “The proposed devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire will help companies like Sylatech to flourish and prosper by giving us new powers to better shape local skills provision to meet the needs of the local economy. North Yorkshire is a great place to start and grow a business and our deal aims to build a stronger partnership between employers and further education providers.”

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