THE Airbus plant in Broughton is a shining example of a business success story, according to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.
The Labour MP met apprentices and staff when he visited the wing-making site on Thursday.
Speaking after his visit he told the Chronicle: “Even through the tough times with the global recession, Airbus avoided compulsory redundancies and kept its apprentice scheme.
“Now it’s taking on new employees and expanding.
“It has a really good product, is getting international orders and has made a commitment to investing in skills.”
Mr Balls spent a day in the region to show his support for Welsh Assembly candidates ahead of the election on May 5.
He was joined by Alyn and Deeside Labour candidate, Carl Sargeant and MP Mark Tami on a tour of the West Factory.
Mr Balls credited the previous Labour Government in Westminster and the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) with helping to ensure the factory’s success.
He said: “The only reason it has stayed in Britain, expanded and kept skilled jobs is because there has been a partnership between the business and the Government.
“WAG has given Airbus lots of support over the last 15 years. The partnership made Airbus successful.”
Mr Balls added: “Lessons should be learnt from the partnership with Airbus.
“It is an example of a business that invests in skills.”