Responding to the news that BAE Systems will be making redundancies in the UK, Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“This news from BAE Systems will be a serious knock to the individuals and communities affected.
“My officials and the BIS local teams are already in touch with the company, local authorities and local enterprise partnerships to make sure that everything possible is done to help those affected at Brough, Warton, Samlesbury and other sites.
“Last year I set up the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, chaired by Allan Cook, to help skilled workers find new jobs in UK manufacturing. The Group will ensure that the shortage of engineers in UK manufacturing is not exacerbated by the loss of talented people from companies like BAE Systems.
“The Group has set up a new national web based system to make it easier for companies to recruit skilled workers who have been made redundant and the JobCentre Plus Rapid Response Service is also on hand to provide a range of support measures.”
Retaining UK manufacturing talent and skills
The new website, Talent Retention Solution, was launched in July.
Manufacturing and engineering companies which have already signed up to the system and who are recruiting over the coming year include Rolls Royce, Siemens, Nissan and Airbus. Supply chain companies will also be able to use the system for redeployment and recruitment.
Business and Semta (the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) are providing in kind funding for staff resources to support TRS implementation and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) have awarded £450,000 under the Employer Investment Fund.