12 May 2017

Graduate investment pays off for aerospace firm

A young graduate is making a splash at Nottinghamshire-based Icon Aerospace Technology.

Sara Killelay has risen through the ranks of the polymer composites manufacturer since joining as a graduate in September last year. With extensive knowledge of CAD, within 12 weeks of joining Sara was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s CNC fabric cutting process, following a £100,000 investment into new machinery.

The company invested in specialist training for Sara, and she now works as part of a team of 11 people, ensuring that more than 20 parts each month are CNC-compliant. The parts are supplied by major aerospace OEMs including Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

Icon Aerospace Technology is working with institutions like the University of Derby to develop a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). This is designed to drive further business improvements and encourage people to take up a career in engineering.

The KTP has also benefitted the company, with Icon Aerospace Technology now able to produce components within shorter timeframes and with greater design flexibility than conventional methods.

“At Icon Aerospace Technology, we committed to creating a talent bridge for young people to help build our business,” said Tim Pryce, CEO of Icon Aerospace Technology. “Recruiting and investing in people like Sara is great for businesses, universities and of course, the engineer in question.

“There are young people in education with raw skills which, with a bit of investment, support and development, can add great value to an engineering business.”

Chris Beck

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