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Boeing bound to the UK

Boeing bound to the UK

Posted by BANKUS on March 25th 2018

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The Sheffield Star announced late last week that US aerospace Boeing had authorized to build a manufacturing facility in the UK, precisely at Tinsley’s Sheffield Business Park despite Brexit on which the UK will walk away from the European Union in 2019. This move will create 30 jobs at the site, which will used for actuation systems of commercial aeroplanes, which basically is the Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 models. The site will be known as Boeing Sheffield, and is being built alongside the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Brian Wilkinson, CEO at Gattaca, said: “We are involved with recruitment at other AMRC sites, but have yet to reach out to Sheffield. Following the recent news, we of course will do so, with the objective of supporting the Sheffield University recruitment team where required. Sheffield hasn’t historically been a hub for these skills, but fabrication is a definite strength for the region and will be a much needed skill to produce these products... Combine this with the Midlands’ strength in actuation and hydro-mechanical systems and you can start to see how with a bit of creativity and incentive around relocation and flexible working, Boeing and the AMRC can recruit the blend of skills it needs.”

Other recruiters say the UK needs to work on developing the engineering talent after Brexit, after reports from the BBC that the UK has confirmed free movement of labour from the EU will terminate after March 2019. Adam Walker, director at Redline Group, said: “What are we going to do now and where are we going to get them from? It is a challenge most engineering businesses have – there is a skills shortage and whatever the government think it’s not going away. Brexit is clearly one of those things that’s going to cause problems. “We have a lot of businesses located here and aerospace is the second largest area within manufacturing.”

Neil Cayley, a consultant for aerospace, defence & aviation at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, said that even though the UK’s engineering skills gap risks being scarce after Brexit, the UK won’t know exactly how it will Brexit affect the industry, until an agreement is firmed up.

Cayley told Recruiter: “Brexit should not be considered as detrimental to the UK’s position in the European aviation sector, with the aviation deal remaining a top priority during Brexit negotiations. Boeing’s investment clearly shows that the UK is an attractive place to invest and undertake high-value manufacturing, despite Brexit being on the horizon. It is positive to see success of the catapult centres, not only in Yorkshire, but all over the country. The investment will make the region a leading location for high-value advanced manufacturing and provide multiple opportunities for the UK supply chain.”