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Barrow jobs secure as MPs back renewing nuclear deterrent

Published on: Tuesday 19th July 2016
Categorised under: Work , BAE Systems, Barrow, Engineering, Investment

MPs have voted resoundingly to renew the UK's nuclear deterrent, effectively securing the future of BAE Systems' shipyard in Barrow.

Following a debate in the Commons on Monday (July 19), 472 MPs voted in favour of renewal, and only 117 against.

Work to replace four Vanguard-class submarines, a project known as the Successor programme, has already started in Barrow with hundreds of millions of pounds invested into new facilities at the yard and throughout the town.

Tony Johns, managing director of BAE Systems Submarines, said: “Parliamentary approval for the Successor programme is excellent news for BAE Systems and the hundreds of UK organisations in our supply chain.

“We now move ahead into the construction phase of the four-boat Successor programme.

“We enter construction with a highly mature design and significant investment in operating systems, facilities and skills.”

The confirmation that the Successor programme will go ahead "will start the firing gun" of two decades of work and investment, according to defence minister Philip Dunne.

It was recently revealed the yearly salary paid out by shipbuilders BAE totals more than £250m a year.

This is on top of the already £350m of funds earmarked for Barrow by the Government in anticipation of the renewal vote.

The ripple effect of what shipbuilding means to Barrow has already been seen over the past few years, as BAE continues its £300m yard expansion.

The face of Barrow is set to change as improvements will be made to the town's infrastructure.

For talented engineers, the chance to work on the Royal Navy's Astute and Successor class of submarines is a once-in-lifetime opportunity.

Click here to view the latest vacancies at BAE Systems in Barrow.

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