During an event at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) in Coventry hosted by Business Secretary Sajid Javid, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Managing Director of Alstom UK & Ireland Terence Watson, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) – the sector council representing the rail supply chain in the UK – presented its detailed plan to improve productivity and secure the future of the UK railway.
The strategy supports suppliers of all sizes by improving the conditions across the supply chain. It sets out the RSG’s plan to implement its Productivity Pledge, which commits the rail supply sector to deliver: a strategic approach to procurement and planning; a clear plan to drive world-class UK technologies; a coherent skills plan to attract the best talent and increase productivity; a comprehensive package of support for SMEs; a fresh, co-ordinated approach to increase exports and inward investment.
The RSG brings together private sector leaders from large and small businesses across the rail industry with government. The rail sector generates £3.4 billion for the UK economy each year and its supply chain directly employs over 124,000 people, with many more employed in the rail sector as a whole.
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Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and co-chair of the Rail Supply Group said:
“The UK was a rail industry pioneer and this strategy will ensure we are global leaders for years to come.
“A strong rail sector supply chain is essential for our future productivity and the commitment to take on 20,000 new apprentices will provide opportunities for our young people to start successful careers in this vital sector.”