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UK Shipyard on Merseyside Confirms More than 140 Jobs to Go

13th May 2021
Bosses said they would now "embark on a programme of transformation" at the Birkenhead based Cammell Laird shipyard with building halls (above) at the Merseyside marine engineering facility. Bosses said they would now "embark on a programme of transformation" at the Birkenhead based Cammell Laird shipyard with building halls (above) at the Merseyside marine engineering facility. Credit: Liverpool Echo-twitter

UK shipbuilder and repairer, Cammell Laird has confirmed more than 140 job losses at the Birkenhead shipyard following a consultation with workers.

In a statement, as Liverpool Echo writes, the Merseyside company said 146 people had taken voluntary redundancy and the firm would now "embark on a programme of transformation".

They also confirmed their apprenticeship scheme will be developed to create 25 places a year.

A spokesperson said: "Cammell Laird is pleased to announce the conclusion of its HR1 Process, which has resulted in 146 Voluntary Redundancies.

"The business will now embark on a programme of transformation, which will lead to Cammell Laird becoming a technical economy with a multi-skilled workforce which is trained and equipped to understand future technologies.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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