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Museum could be first port of call for BAE Systems Barrow shipyard hopefuls

PART of a tourist attraction is to become home to Barrow shipyard’s recruitment team.

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The Dock Museum

BAE Systems has insisted the relocation of the 24-person department to the Dock Museum will not harm the attraction. Barrow Borough Council’s executive committee has been recommended to approve the plans for a 25-year lease, which would generate the council around £90,000 a year, when it meets tomorrow.

As part of the Successor submarine programme, BAE will be recruiting a large number of people over the coming years. It wants to move the recruitment process off site so applicants do not have to go through time-consuming shipyard security checks.

The company has identified the museum so applicants from outside the area can learn about Barrow’s heritage. It is looking to lease the entire bottom floor in the main museum hall and the studio suite.

That would mean relocating the film show from the ground floor and some of the exhibits. The White Rose vessel may have to be moved to a slightly different location.

A BAE Systems spokesman said: “As we continue to increase the size of our workforce, there is recognition that we also need to improve the candidate experience for those people visiting our site for interview, the majority of whom are from out of town.

“Unfortunately, we do not have the necessary infrastructure on our site to create a recruitment centre, so leasing part of the Dock Museum is one option we are considering.

“Competition for skilled employees is high, so creating the right first impression of both our business and the town is vital to our chances of recruiting people.

“We have worked hand in hand with the town and its community for more than a century to design and build complex submarines.

“That rich heritage is something we’d hope to further promote should we co-locate in the Dock Museum. Our intention would be to work in partnership with the council to help enhance the visitor experience at the Dock Museum in what we believe would be a mutually beneficial arrangement.”

Have your say

So why do you want to work for BAE then?
"I don`t"
So what you doing here at this interview?
"I thought I was interviewing for a job
with the dock museum!"

Posted by oops on 15 May 2014 at 13:23

I cannot believe that BAE do NOT have the necessary infrastructure to to accommodate a "Recruitment Centre". What about all of the area adjacent to B&Q that has dozens of empty Portacabin Offices there.
I don't think it would cost much to make this area secure from DDH.
Alternatively if BAE want to demonstrate Heritage then they could move into the Nan Tait Centre which is continually becoming vacant.
As for learning about the Heritage of Barrow/Submarine building I would have thought anyone thinking of moving here would have already done their research on the Internet. I'm sure their main concern is "how much are you paying"
Council selling up another asset yet again !!

Posted by Paul on 15 May 2014 at 10:23

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