By Marcus Leach

Business Secretary Vince Cable said that the news from BAE Systems confirming that 3,000 members of staff will be made redundant is a major knock to the firm.

It was announced on Monday that cuts were possible, and the bad news was confirmed on Tuesday.

“This news from BAE Systems will be a serious knock to the individuals and communities affected," Cable said.

"My officials and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) local teams are already in touch with the company, local authorities and local enterprise partnerships to make sure that everything possible is done to help those affected at Brough, Warton, Samlesbury and other sites.

"Last year I set up the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, chaired by Allan Cook, to help skilled workers find new jobs in UK manufacturing. The Group will ensure that the shortage of engineers in UK manufacturing is not exacerbated by the loss of talented people from companies like BAE Systems.

"The Group has set up a new national web based system to make it easier for companies to recruit skilled workers who have been made redundant and the JobCentre Plus Rapid Response Service is also on hand to provide a range of support measures."

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