A COMMITMENT to recruiting apprentices was a key point in CEO, Dr Andy Palmer's address at the official opening of the Aston Martin factory in St Athan.

With first minister, Mark Drakeford, he announced that 600 jobs will be created next year and 750 at peak production to manufacture the new SUV DBX and electric cars in the future.

Vale AM Jane Hutt joined the first minister and Bryan Godsell of Unite, the Union, to meet apprentices drawn from Cowbridge, Bridgend, Swansea and Cardiff.

Ms Hutt said: "It was great to meet the apprentices from local schools and to view the new cars with Hand built in Wales inscribed on each car - 80 per cent of which will be exported."