Potential job losses at BAE Systems in Prestwick

Carrick Cumnock & Doon Valley SNP MSP Adam Ingram has expressed his disappointment at the announcement by BAE Systems of 75 potential job losses at its Prestwick Regional Aircraft Plant.

He is however hopeful that the people affected will be helped to find suitable and equivalent alternative employment quickly.

Mr Ingram said: “I’ve spoken to Managing Director Alan Fraser today who explained the need to reduce the size of the workforce to suit the level of business available to the company. And that is mainly to support the existing fleet of aircraft, the company had tried to expand into new areas but that effort proved to be unsuccessful.

“BAE will be seeking voluntary redundancies but there are redeployment opportunities within the group of BAE companies and there will be outplacement opportunities for people willing to move away. My own hope is that alternative job opportunities can be found closer to home given the aerospace cluster at Prestwick and the need for other Ayrshire based engineering companies for skilled workers. I know BAE has already engaged with the Scottish Governments Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) team who have a track record of success in this area.

“I am confident that the regional aircraft operation at Prestwick will remain a strong business with a broad customer base.”