Rolls Royce in talks over job losses

2007-34''Hucknall Rolls Royce
2007-34''Hucknall Rolls Royce

A group set up to support those affected by Rolls-Royce’s plans to cut 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months had its first meeting on Monday.

The Derby and Hucknall Rolls-Royce Skills and Job Retention Action Group was set up to support those affected and was attended by local MPs, county councillors and representatives from the Department of Work and Pensions.

Around 800 engineering jobs will be lost in the UK, with 500 from Rolls-Royce’s indirect support staff – around 300 in aerospace and 200 in central functions - as well as 900 from operational activities globally.

The company says is committed to maintaining production facilities in the UK, with total employee numbers now are greater than in 2011.

Rolls Royce say they will be recruiting apprentices next year and agreed to meet with The Skills Funding Agency to discuss any wider implications for apprentices, as well as agency and sub-contracted workers.

It is too early to know what impact the job losses will have on the supply chain will be and this will be followed-up at a later date when more information is available.

Winchester Consulting explained how the Talent Retention Solution works to help support engineers looking for jobs: online database provides a portal for those looking for jobs as well as offering vacancies.

A spokesperson said: “The system has been shared with the companies looking to recruit from those leaving RR and to the employees who are leaving. The system complements existing redeployment arrangements.”

Another meeting is scheduled for late January/early February.

The firm this week won a $455m order from Hawaiian Airlines for Trent 7000 engines to power six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft, starting in 2019.