Information Technology: Rival Holds Hope for H&W Workers

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ONE of Harland and Wolff's arch rivals Tyneside-based Cammell Laird is advertising in the local press in a move to recruit skilled workers made redundant by the Belfast shipyard.

Cammell Laird, one of the world's largest repair and conversion companies has taken out advertisements in the Jobfinder section of the Belfast Telegraph.

The vacancies are for shipbuilding and shiprepair estimators, project managers, technical managers, senior naval architects and senior marine, mechanical and electrical design engineers with experience of shipbuilding and ship conversion.

Bobby Carson, president of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions said the advertised positions offered a beacon of hope for the 600 workers at the Belfast shipyard made redundant last month.

"Obviously we would have much preferred for the skills to remain within Harlands, but unfortunately that was not to be. However, I welcome the opportunity for people in Harland and Wolff to take their skills elsewhere.''

A spokesperson for Cammell Laird said: "We normally advertise in the English papers. For us to advertise in Northern Ireland is a new development, but because of the situation at Harland and Wolff we have decided to widen the net.

"Our technical services division has expanded over the last couple of years from literally a handful of people to almost 200 - we have technical offices in Liverpool, Birkenhead, London, Hebburn, Oslo and Houston, so successful applicants could be placed anywhere. …