Union shock over apprentices redundancy at Penman Engi...

Union shock over apprentices redundancy at Penman Engineering

14 September 2016

Unite the union is shocked that six apprentices are among those to be laid off by Penman Engineering in Dumfries.

Penman Engineering announced that administrators for the company had been appointed on 31 August. The company, which specialises in bespoke vehicle design and construction, with an expertise in armoured vehicles, blamed a delay in the arrival of a major contract. 

Today (Wednesday 14 September) the administrators announced that 34 members of staff were redundant with immediate effect. Unite understands that six apprentices are among that number.

Unite regional officer Paul Neilson said: “The union obviously feels the loss of every one of these jobs, and we will be working hard with our members to ensure that their rights are protected in this process. 

“But we are shocked that six apprentices are among those that the administrators have let go. That is truly devastating. These are young people looking to build a skilled career for life. They need urgent help. 

“We will be using our contacts in the private and public sectors to try to make alternative arrangements for these young people, and we hope that others will help us. 

“As we have said previously, we will also work constructively with the company and the administrators, so that together we can help secure a new buyer for the company and safeguard jobs.”


For further information contact Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email