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Hall's of Broxburn staff encouraged to visit jobs fair

6 November 2012

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

National redundancy service brings employers together to help redundant staff secure employment.

Hall's of Broxburn staff are being urged to attend a jobs fair this weekend where employers will be looking to recruit.

The event takes place on Saturday, November 10, and has been organised by the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), the Scottish Government's initiative for responding to redundancy situations led by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Donald Lumsden, PACE Chair for the West Lothian area, said: "The employers attending the event have already expressed an interest in offering job opportunities to Hall's of Broxburn staff.

"I would encourage staff to make the most of the jobs fair and speak to as many employers as possible. Staff have built up transferrable skills and this event will allow employers to match people to suitable posts."

The jobs fair takes place at Strathbrock Community Centre in Broxburn from 10am until 4pm and is open to all members of the public in addition to Hall's of Broxburn employees.

Donald added: "Dealing with redundancy can be a daunting experience and through PACE we want to ensure staff have the information and support needed to progress to training or employment. The jobs fair is a key part of the service and we hope this will help many staff in securing new job roles."

PACE partners including West Lothian Council and Jobcentre Plus will also be in attendance at the event where there will be information available on benefits and tax credits, career guidance, supported job searches, advice on business start-ups and local training opportunities.

Depute Leader of West Lothian Council, Cathy Muldoon, said: "Our main priority is to support Vion Hall's dedicated West Lothian workforce at this difficult time.

"The closure of the plant will have a significant impact on local families and communities, and it's important they know that every effort is being made to help them find new opportunities.

"I'd encourage as many Vion Hall's workers as possible to come along to the jobs fair at Strathbrock Community Centre on Saturday, November 10, between 10am and 4pm. As well as the chance to speak to a number of potential employers keen to recruit talented Vion Hall's staff to their workforce, there will also be the chance to get support and advice on issues such as job hunting, education and training options.

"Finding a new job or retraining can be a daunting step, so come along to the jobs fair on Saturday to see what help is offer to help make it easier for you."

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