The second Rolls Royce Action Group meeting was held last week, with representatives from local unions, city and county Councils, Rolls-Royce, the Job Centre and DWP, Futures – National Careers Service, Talent Retention Solution, the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Derby College, the Cities and Local Growth Unit, Marketing Derby, local MPs and more.

Led by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership in partnership with Derby City Council, the Action Group was formed last month after the announcement that Rolls-Royce was expected to restructure the company, and has been co-ordinating the local response to the restructuring programme.

An estimated 4,600 jobs are expected to be cut globally over the next two years.  Corporate support and management roles will be the most affected.

With those functions largely in the UK, it is predicted that around two thirds of job losses will be here in the UK, with the potential for up to 1,000 jobs to be lost in Derby’s facilities, subject to consultation with staff.

The group is continuing its efforts to bring together resources and support to ensure that staff affected will be supported as the restructure progresses.

Matthew Wheatley, interim CEO at D2N2 said:

“Retaining the talent and contribution of these highly skilled employees and other contractors will be vitally important. We will be working with R-R, the Chamber  of Commerce and other business organisations to help local firms who may have vacancies or plan to recruit over the coming months to have access to this skilled talent pool.”

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader at Derby City Council said:

“Rolls-Royce is our biggest employer and this company makes a huge contribution to the East Midlands and UK economy.  The company employs highly skilled staff and contractors and this Council will do whatever we can to ensure these people are retained locally.  We will ensure they receive the best possible advice and support and we look forward to the close cooperation of managers at Rolls-Royce.”

Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce added:

“Rolls-Royce is committed to supporting the work of the Action Group and appreciates the engagement from the wide range of partners involved.  We will continue to work with the group to maximise the chances of those leaving Rolls-Royce finding suitable alternative employment in the region.”

Rolls-Royce is in the process of fully assessing the restructure, and has been working closely with employees throughout the process.