Defence Secretary visits Cammell Laird
Resurgent Merseyside shipyard and engineering business Cammell Laird welcomed Defence Secretary, Bob Ainsworth, for a briefing with senior management this weekend.
Mr Ainsworth met with Cammell Laird Chief Executive John Syvret and Managing Director Linton Roberts to hear about the business’s growth and ambitions for the future before touring the site and meeting apprentices.
Mr Ainsworth said:
“I greatly enjoyed my tour of Cammell Laird and talking to apprentices there. It was fantastic to see the company’s apprenticeship scheme in action. It’s testament to the people of Wirral and Merseyside that we have the skills and manufacturing in the area for great companies like Cammell Laird to prosper.
“Apprentices like the ones I met are the work force of tomorrow, which is why a future Labour Government would guarantee a job or training place for any 18 to 24 year old who has been unemployed for 6 months.
“I look forward to the Government continuing to work closely with Cammel Laird in the future and I wish its apprentices well”.
Commenting on Mr Ainsworth’s visit Mr Syvret said:
“It was terrific to be able to show Mr Ainsworth the enormous progress we have made in recent years and the passionate ambitions we have for the future.
“We were able to explain to the Minister what we do for the UK MoD including our 25 year contract to maintain 11 ships in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) in the UK and around the world. We were also able to update him on our £44m contract to build the flight decks for the new aircraft carrier.
“Critical to our vision is investment in skills and infrastructure and we were able to show Mr Ainsworth our apprentice college and introduce him to apprentices. We were also able to show him our massive modular construction hall which is undergoing an extensive overhaul in preparation for the aircraft carrier project which begins in July.
“Finally, we set out our vision to grow the business in the engineering market place and the energy market, which we believe will service the growing civil nuclear and off shore renewables sectors.”