Sep 25, 2020

Ford Bridgend closure: 'Journey into the unknown'

Ford Bridgend is shutting down production after 40 years in the south Wales town. Since it opened in 1980, Ford has received £116m in taxpayer funding for the Bridgend site, aimed at supporting and creating jobs, and it has paid back £15.5m in Welsh Government grants since the closure was announced. "Ford Bridgend was able to hold its own against other Ford sites across the world throughout those four decades for one reason only - its world class workforce," he said. "Nothing has changed in this respect in recent years. Every one of the workers who are finishing their time with Ford today retain their status as a world class manufacturing worker. What did and has changed is Ford's commitment to Wales and the UK.". Matt Williams, the executive director for work-based learning at Bridgend College, has been working with Ford over the past year to offer retraining to employees.

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