Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Shipbuilding: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of IT specialists entering employment with UK shipyards.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSBS) acknowledges, having the skills within the UK to design, build, repair, and supply certain equipment and systems and integrate naval ships (and security sensitive equipment in all naval ships) is a key factor in the successful delivery of naval capability. We acknowledge that ensuring that there are sufficient numbers of properly skilled workers across the sector will require continued investment and support from Industry. BAE systems recently used advanced visualisation software to refine the design of our cutting-edge Type 26 Global Combat Ships. This highlights the increasing importance of IT skills for the future of UK Shipbuilding.

The question of apprenticeship and other recruitment is a matter for privately owned companies to determine, but as I'm sure you are aware, there are a variety of initiatives in place across the UK designed to support the development of skills, some are the responsibility of the Devolved Administrations. With regards to naval shipbuilding, the Maritime Enterprise Working Group with the support of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, MOD and the Society of Maritime Industries coordinate a long term programme to improve the industry's productivity and competitiveness, including current work to understand the underpinning skills base and roles.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.