An initiative used to help people find work following the closure of SSI is being rolled out across Teesside.
The resource hub brings together a number of agencies to provide advice and support to anyone who has been made redundant or who is out of work.
Following the success of the resource hub following the SSI closure, a series of drop-in events are being held across the Tees Valley, which are open to everyone.
Advice and support will be available on a wide range of topics including CV writing, new career opportunities and retraining, interview techniques, trade union representation, starting your own business, money management, pensions, welfare and benefits, and health and wellbeing.
The dates and venues are:
• Thursday January 21 – Middlesbrough College, 9am–4pm
• Monday January 25 – Inspire to Learn (CLC), Eston, 9am–4pm
• Tuesday January 26 – Stockton Riverside College, 9.30am–3.30pm
• Thursday January 28 – Dolphin Centre, Darlington, 9am–4pm
• Friday January 29 – Hartlepool College, 10am–3pm
Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, councillor Sue Jeffrey, said: “We saw how helpful it was to bring all the agencies together under one roof to provide immediate support to those affected by the SSI closure, and we felt it would be helpful to hold similar events for anyone who is out of work.
“With the New Year now underway, we want to ensure as many people are connected to jobs or training as quickly as possible and this is one way to help achieve that.”
Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd said: “A lot of work has been done to help those affected by the closure of SSI and these resource hubs are a further opportunity for local people to receive advice and support on a range of issues.
“They have proven to be helpful before and I hope any member of the public who could be assisted does attend one of the events.”
Stockton Council leader Bob Cook added: “We are continuing to work in collaboration with all the Tees Valley local authorities to help people get the support they need. Any resident in our area who is out of work or is facing redundancy is welcome to attend the drop-in sessions where they can access information, guidance, work and training opportunities, as well as confidential advice from a range of support agencies.
“We want to help people at the earliest opportunity so we would also encourage anyone who is concerned about their Council Tax payments or entitlement to benefits to contact the Council’s Welfare Rights team for further help and support.”