Task force set to re-deploy 8,500 Rover jobsOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Re-training and re-deploying skills are becoming the focus in Birmingham asthe area steels itself for mass redundancies at Rover’s Longbridge plant.About 8,500 jobs are at risk at the plant, with a further 50,000 in thesupplier chain.A task force of local businesses, Tecs, the employment service and othershas been set up with £129m earmarked by the Government to help BMW redevelopthe plant.The task force has established an employment-scoping group to match theskills of Rover employees and its suppliers to vacancies. It is also lookingfor skills gaps that could be filled by providing re-training through the Tecs.Unions have pledged their support. The AEEU promises to re-train any of itsmembers that lose their jobs at its training centres at Esher in Surrey andCudham Hall, Kent.But Louise Beard, policy director at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, warnedthat the sheer volume of losses will make it impossible to absorb everyone. Related posts:No related photos.