A Midland automtive expert is to lead a study exploring the fate of 850 workers who lost their jobs when Birmingham-based van maker LDV went into administration.
Professor David Bailey from Coventry University’s Business School is appealing for people to come forward to help piece together the stories of former LDV staff.
The study is aiming to find out what happened to them, how they have got on since,and how the company’s demise in June 2009 impacted on their lives and families.
Mr Bailey is working with PhD student Tom Dudley and the study follows similar work he and his team carried out when MG Rover closed its Longbridge operation in 2005.
Whilst many MG Rover workers did get back into work, a study by Coventry and Birmingham universities found that three years on they earned far less on average than they did at MG Rover and felt less positive about their work.
When LDV went into administration it was more difficult for its former workers to find employment given the state of the economy, and when Mr Bailey and his team contacted around 20 ex-LDV workers in early 2010 most were still out of work.
But it is thought the recent ‘mini renaissance’ of the automotive industry may have opened up opportunities for ex-LDV workers in the region.
The study is hoping to explore how these workers have fared in the job market, whether they have retrained and whether they have had help along the way.
• Volunteers wishing to take part should call 07768 725027 or email LDVstudy.firstname.lastname@example.org, leaving their name and number for the team to call back.