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Employers turn out to recruit redundant workers

12 November 2012

  • West Lothian
  • PACE redundancy support
  • SDS Press Release Archive

More than 30 employers attended a jobs fair in West Lothian today looking to recruit staff recently made redundant by the closure of the Hall's of Broxburn meat factory.

The event was organised through Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), the Scottish Government's initiative for responding to redundancy situations.

Hundreds of people visited the fair to speak with firms who were offering jobs across West Lothian and further afield in the meat processing industry as well as in sectors such as retail and care.

Donald Lumsden, PACE Chair for the West Lothian area said: "The jobs fair was a great opportunity for staff to meet with employers and establish opportunities where their skills can be put to use.

"I was encouraged that so many people came along. The PACE team is keen to help them move into employment or on to training as quickly as possible and today's event has already helped a number of staff in achieving that."

PACE - led by Skills Development Scotland in conjunction with partners including the Department for Work and Pensions and West Lothian Council - brought together a number of employers at the fair with a range of opportunities. Among the employers at the event in Strathbrock Community Centre was Prestige Nursing Care.

Patrick McGinley, Director of Prestige Nursing Care, praised the efforts of the PACE team in helping Hall's employees secure employment, he said: "As a local employer, I am acutely aware of the impact the closure of the plant will have on the community so events like this are vital. I was eager to get involved not only because it will help people find jobs but will also give me the chance to potentially recruit staff with transferable skills applicable to our sector."

The jobs fair is part of the ongoing work by PACE team that has been onsite at the Hall's of Broxburn plant to help staff since August. Advisers have offered tailored support and have been working with local colleges to develop a programme of learning.

Donald Lumsden added: "Today's jobs fair has been a success but we recognise that there is a long road ahead. PACE will be there each step of the way to help people put their skills to use elsewhere. We will continue our work with employers to ensure every opportunity is explored and presented to staff."

Anyone facing or affected by redundancy should call the PACE support helpline on 0808 100 1855.