During the trainee program here at GKN Aerospace Engine Systems there is training scheduled. These trainings include personal development and opportunities to improve leadership skills. Study visits at other GKN sites and other companies are also included in these trainings. This Monday the trainee group together with our supervisor at HR went to visit Fokker in at their site in Papendrecht, Netherlands. Fokker was acquired by GKN Aerospace in 2015. During the day we did a big shop tour and trainees from both GKN Aerospace Engine Systems and Fokker made presentations about each trainee program.
It was very interesting to visit the production at Fokker, it differs a lot from the production in Trollhättan. The GKN site in Trollhättan is a part of Engine Systems and fabricates parts for jet engines, in Papendrecht they perform mounting and manufacture big structures to airplanes. Fokker is a former OEM (Original Equipment Manufaturer). Fokker does not manufacture airplanes anymore but there are still some Fokker airplane flying which they perform service on.
A picture from the visit can be seen below.