A RECRUITMENT firm has invested £100,000 into a new office next to Burnley’s planned aerospace supply chain park.

Neville Gee has launched its engineering and technology solutions base to focus on providing employment for people in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

The office in the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre, at the Heasandford Industrial Centre, will also offer a new skills hub which will look to plug the skills gap in manufacturing and engineering.

Donnie Doran, a director at Neville Gee, said: “Over the years we’ve established a very good relationship with a range of companies within this growth sector, and it was important that we evolved our offering to ensure we can provide them with the highly skilled staff they require, and being based at the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre will allow us to provide that support literally on their doorstep.

"The development of the new skills hub is in direct response to feedback from employers and we will look to train these candidates in more specialist roles, so businesses can hire them on a project by project basis. This format was recently undertaken when we were asked by Futaba-Tenneco to supply and train 30 carefully chosen candidates for a major project they undertook on behalf of a global car manufacturer.”

The new office was launched on Tuesday to a select group of local business leaders, the mayor and mayoress of Burnley, senior council representatives and regional business support groups.

Tim Oldfield, director, said: “We really do see 2013 being one of our most successful years.

“By spring of next year we hope to create a minimum of three new jobs here at the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre, which will complement our thriving Hargreaves Street branch.”