We’re highlighting some of the inspiring Civil Society case studies gathered for our ‘Connecting Cranes with Communities, How can the WMCA Create Inclusive Growth’ report (download here)

NO 41 – The Lucas Plan

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 
In 1976, following an announcement by Lucas Aerospace about the need to restructure, the Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards Committee produced an Alternative Corporate Plan for the company that advocated the production of social useful products.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES     
The Combine circulated questionnaires to the workforce requesting product suggestions which answered a social need and could be produced using the workforce’s existing skills and plant technology. Emphasis was also to be put on the way the products were to be made, making sure that workers were not to be deskilled in the process of producing them.

KEY PARTNERS 
Workforce coming together.

WHAT LESSONS LEARNT HAVE INFORMED THIS PROJECT
This case study graphically illustrates the potential economic and social value that was lost by pursuing a business as usual approach in the face of clear need to diversify and the critical role the workforce could have played in reshaping the company to enjoy a prosperous and socially valuable future.

RESULTS    
A missed opportunity in terms of the workforce’s innovative suggestions not being taken up.

IMPACTS            
The fundamental significance of flexibility and being open to diversification.

WHAT WENT WELL   
The volume of product ideas put forward by the workforce, the sense of ownership and initiative that were demonstrated.

WHAT NEEDED TO BE IMPROVED 
Management openness to listening to the workforce.

WHAT COULD BE DONE DIFFERENTLY     
As above.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO OTHERS DOING SIMILAR PROJECTS  
Listen to local expertise – the workforce on the ground.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE PROJECTS    
As above.

Find out more about the project https://lucasplan.org.uk/story-of-the-lucas-plan/

Download the full report http://localisewestmidlands.org.uk/project/wmcsf/