Shane Rice – Director

TT Electronics, Barnstaple Operations Manager

Shane joined the GTD Ltd Board of Directors in April 2016, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained throughout his career in the electronics industry. He considers that his own Apprenticeship was key to all he has achieved and welcomes the opportunities it has provided to pass his skills on to others.

Shane began his Electronics career as an apprentice at Thorn EMI Electronics in Wells, Somerset at the age of 16. His apprenticeship was both Electronic & Mechanical-based training for the first 2 years then became more specialised over the next 2 years, concluding in employment within the Radar signature group as a skilled wireman, supporting the building of large military radar systems and offsite trials.

Headhunted by Barnstaple based Aero Stanrew Ltd, Shane relocated to this area, starting as a Prototype wireman, which further enhanced his electronics skills. He returned to college during this period and gained a HNC qualification in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Shane advanced through the Aero Stanrew organisation to Electronics Engineer status, and from there his career path has deviated into Production Management, ultimately culminating in his current role as Operations Manager for the Electronics division.

During his time as Production Manager he observed the lack of skills coming through the business & decided to take positive action to introduce Apprenticeships into the workplace. This started with Aero Stanrew Ltd independently providing training & arranging college courses; within a couple of years GTD Ltd assumed the logistical role of managing Aero Stanrew’s apprenticeship scheme within the company, and has taken their in-house training programme to the next level. Group Training was key to the success of Apprenticeship’s within the Company.

Over the years, Aero Stanrew’s Apprentices have been multiple award winners, and great achievers within the workplace, giving these young people a great career start.

In December 2015, TT Electronics announced the acquisition of Barnstaple based Aero Stanrew Group Limited. The acquisition enables TT Electronics to provide a wider range of solutions to customers in the aerospace and defence sectors. The Aero Stanrew brand specialises in the design and manufacture of ruggedised electromagnetic components and electronics systems for safety critical applications in those industry sectors.

Group Training and Development
Group Training and Development (GTD) Limited was established more than 40 years ago by a number of like-minded manufacturing companies in North Devon. It was created with the vision of promoting and advancing the provision of Apprenticeships in this area, primarily within Engineering, and to provide support to local employers and their trainees in the form of Apprenticeship Training.

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