Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, supports Sony’s plans to support local people during a site visit to their UK Technology Centre in Pencoed last week.
Alongside Huw Irranca-Davies MS and Sarah Murphy MS, Chris Elmore visited Sony in Pencoed for a site tour and company update on what Sony has been doing over the last couple of years in his first visit since the pandemic.
Sony is an important employer in the local economy, and despite the challenges of the pandemic, is still registering a +10% growth.
2023 will be a milestone for Sony in Wales as it celebrates 50 years in Wales and 30 years in Pencoed, with the company sharing its plans for the future, including a new wellbeing centre for staff on site and plans to become carbon zero.
Sony is also investing in creating a new Sony Wales Academy to skill up the next generation of engineers through their 4 year apprenticeship programme and 2 year graduate leadership programme.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“It was fantastic to visit Sony’s UK Technology Centre in Pencoed last week and find out more about their plans for the future. Sony plays an important part in our local economy and is a big Ogmore employer, so it was great to hear about how they plan to support the local community and nurture talent in the area.
In particular, their plans to create a new Sony Wales Academy will provide new opportunities for young people to gain new skills and develop their careers here in Ogmore, boosting the local economy further and improving job prospects.
With the need to take action to combat climate change growing more urgent, it was also really valuable to hear about Sony’s commitments to reaching carbon zero, and other measures they are taking to reduce their impact on the environment.
Sony continues to be a valued business in the local area, and I look forward to seeing them put their plans into action and the benefits I know this will bring to local people.”