Scottish Enterprise launched a new industry led strategy for the Aerospace, Defence and Marine Industry.
Scottish Enterprise launched a new industry led strategy for the Aerospace, Defence and Marine Industry yesterday, with First Minister Alex Salmond opening two new aerospace facilities at Prestwick.
The sector employs over 22,000 people and supports the jobs of a further 30,000 within Scotland. The strategy, developed by leading figures within the sector, outlines an action plan to advance the industry within Scotland.
The plan aims to encourage greater collaboration between the public, private and academic sectors, increase research and development activity, particularly involving Scotland"s small to medium sized enterprise sector, and to further develop the industry"s highly skilled and motivated workforce.
Alex Salmond said, "The Scottish Government recognises the real challenges that individuals, families and businesses face in the current economic climate and that is why we are working hard to strengthen the economy and to increase employment opportunities.
"We are using every tool at our disposal to stimulate Scotland"s economy, including various forms of government support to help secure and create jobs and attract investment.
"This new Aerospace, Defense and Marine Industry strategy will build on our work to create new opportunities for employment and economic growth."
The groundwork for Scottish Enterprise"s new Aerospace, Defence and Marine Industry strategy began last year, when the economic development agency brought together industry leaders, stakeholders and government to create an industry advisory group (IAG) to provide advice and guidance to the Scottish Government on the future development and growth of this high technology engineering sector. The value of the sector and its importance to the economy are underlined by the fact that average salaries are over one third greater than for Scottish manufacturing as a whole.
The UK shipbuilding sector has an annual turnover of almost £2.5billion with Scotland accounting for 33% of the UK shipbuilding industry. The average employment cost per employee in Scotland (2007) in Aerospace and Shipbuilding was £38,920 compared to a Scottish manufacturing sector average of £28,900.
The industry advisory group has developed the new strategy, launched yesterday, which aims to help foster an environment where the aerospace, defence and marine industry in Scotland can grow and prosper. It does so against the backdrop of the industry"s ambitious vision, set out by the main trade organisation A|D|S Scotland ? of doubling industry sales by 2023.
The new strategy establishes a three year action plan designed to lay the groundwork for the advancement of the industry. A key feature is that ownership and responsibility for delivery of this action plan is shared by industry, academia and the public sector.
In addition to addressing the need to secure the skills that industry will need in future, other issues highlighted include:
- Actions to attract more aerospace, defence and marine companies to Scotland
- Increase research and development activity
- Increase research and development activity and the involvement of Scottish SMEs
- Measures to increase the involvement of Scottish companies in the industry supply chain, building on the 21st Century Supply Chains initiative developed by A|D|S, the leading industry trade body.
The 21st Century Supply Chains initiative is already being rolled out by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service in a pilot programme with defence companies in Scotland.