EAST Lancashire staff made redundant by the collapse of Thomas Cook last week are being invited to apply for jobs at BAE Systems.

The company whose military aircraft division has factories at Samlesbury and Warton is urging employees from the former travel giant to attend a careers fair tomorrow (October 1).

Thomas Cook employed dozens of people at as shops in Blackburn, Darwen, and Chorley.

BAE Systems is currently recruiting for a new office hub employing 750 white-collar staff at its Samlesbury site in the Ribble Vally.

Today's careers event is being held between 10am and 5pm at The Hilton Hotel, Manchester Airport.

Information and guidance will be on offer around careers in aircraft maintenance, component maintenance, supply chain, engineering, project management, flight operations and office roles.

A BAE Systems spokesman said: "We have several sites across Lancashire, employing around 11,000 people at Warton and Samlesbury, and need more to join us over the next few years.

"This will mean lots more roles in Lancashire to support programmes such Tempest, the future combat air solution beyond Typhoon."

Anyone unable to attend the can register their details to be notified about future opportunities on the company's website.