Babcock to create 1,000 new jobs at Rosyth over four years

Tuesday March 5, 2024

Forth Green Freeport partner, Babcock International Group (Babcock), the defence company, is creating more than 1,000 new jobs at its large-scale, advanced manufacturing and shipbuilding facility in Rosyth to support the delivery of world-class programmes and development of its workforce capabilities.

Underpinning Babcock’s commitment to further develop the skills required to support customers now and in the future, over the next four years, the new job opportunities will benefit both the UK economy and local communities and include 400 apprenticeships, 350 production support operatives, skilled engineers, tradespeople, and graduates. The roles will support programmes like the Type 31 frigate design and build programme.

The production support operative initiative is focused on attracting people from a range of backgrounds and experience, including those not currently in education, employment, or training, with the role centred around supporting and learning from time-served tradespeople.

Babcock’s latest recruits will join a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing and digitally enabled facility that in recent decades has seen investment of more than £200 million.

Apprentice numbers are also increasing at Babcock’s operation on the west coast of Scotland, supporting His Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde and the UK’s submarine enterprise, with Babcock’s apprenticeship opportunities expected to double in 2024.

David Lockwood, Chief Executive, Babcock International Group, said:

“Attracting and retaining talent is essential to the future success of our business and directly benefits the local communities in which we operate.

“Continued investment in Babcock’s development programmes and facilities enables our apprentices, graduates and trainees to experience a mix of on-the-job learning in a modern, digitally led industrial environment, alongside academic training with further education partners and our own Babcock Skills Academy.

“This week is Scottish Apprenticeship Week; our apprentices play a really important role in our workforces across the UK, ensuring we can sustain the technical skills needed to continue to deliver critical national defence programmes.”

Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge, said:

“Rosyth is at the heart of major UK defence and commercial programmes, and it was a privilege to meet skilled workers and apprentices there last week.

“A career with Babcock can provide these unique opportunities and skilled technical training, whilst making a huge contribution to the Scottish economy.”

Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering, said:

“Babcock Rosyth’s announcement is fantastic news for the engineering industry in Scotland – and the wider UK too – and the very best of timing as it coincides with Scottish Apprenticeship Week. With a staggering four hundred of the one thousand newly created roles being apprentices, what a fantastic opportunity to add highly skilled, well-paid jobs to our economy, and boost our talent pool significantly. It creates the chance for people new to the world of work, and those seizing the option to change track on their career, to contribute to the never more important security of the UK.”

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