Task Force fund approaches 150 new jobs

Task Force fund approaches 150 new jobs

An SSI Task Force job creation scheme has found new jobs for nearly 150 former steel workers.

Keith Parry, from Middlesbrough, a former planning engineer in the power station at SSI UK, has joined Ventilation Hygiene Specialists thanks to the £16.5m SSI Task Force jobs and skills fund.

The fund subsidises the cost of employment for each new job created, paying 50% of salary costs for the first two years up to £11,000 – and companies can apply even if they’ve already recruited former SSI staff.

Since its launch, the fund has helped 142 former SSI workers find alternative jobs in a wide range of roles including engineers, IT specialists, weldersplaters, project managers, heavy and light goods vehicle and fork lift truck drivers, and office-based positions.

Martin Holliday, director ofVentilation Hygiene Specialists in Thornaby, said: “Former SSI UK employees have lots of transferable skills and are very employable.

“My experience of the Jobs and Skills Fund has been very positive. The application process is very simple with a dedicated team to help you throughout and I would certainly recommend it to other companies.” 

Paul Booth, Tees Valley Unlimited chairman, said: “It is pleasing to see this easy-to-access fund is having such a positive influence on helping people, who lost their jobs in the wake of SSI’s closure, find alternative work.”

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council’s Amanda Skelton, chair of the SSI Task Force, said: “The Task Force’s commitment to getting money and support through to individuals and communities as soon as possible is making a difference.”