12 November 2012
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
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
"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
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.