Statement from West of England Mayor regarding Airbus
Regional Mayor Tim Bowles said:
“This is a challenging time for the aerospace sector as a whole and very disappointing news for the hard-working and talented team at Filton. I have asked my officers at the West of England Combined Authority to bring together and lead a multi-agency rapid redundancy response – involving government departments including DWP, employers, education and training providers and unions – to put together a package of options to help affected staff secure new roles or develop new skills. This will include access to a range of programmes managed by the Combined Authority such as Future Bright, the emerging Workforce for the Future, the Adult Education Budget and signposting via the Growth Hub. I have also begun conversations with Talent Retention Solutions to explore developing a regional business-to-business platform to help workers find alternative employment and retraining opportunities.
“This sits alongside the West of England Combined Authority’s strategic investment in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing sector, including the Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI) programme – designed to help the sector move into a digitalised and low carbon future. We are also leading a bid for the whole of the South West to run a Made Smarter programme to support the resilience and adaptation of the supply chain. With the support of our West of England Regional Recovery Taskforce we are also making the case to government to further support the wider aerospace and advanced engineering sector.”