Former SSI workers & employers helped by Middlesbrough College

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Nick Boles MP visit to Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College continues to work with a wide range of partners to help the area recover from the closure of SSI.

An SSI Resource Hub Drop In Event was being held at the college today (Thursday January 21), bringing together a number of agencies able to provide advice and support to those affected.

The college is also providing free training to SSI job seekers and working with hundreds of local companies to make sure the training programmes being delivered fully meet the needs of the newly created roles.

Zoe Lewis, Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive, is pictured (above) with Skills Minister Nick Boles at the college’s new STEM Centre.

“We’re doing all we can to help SSI and supply chain workers get back into work,” said Ms Lewis.

“The Resource Hub provides an opportunity for job seekers to find out about the help available through the SSI Task Force and with help from the college team and the hundreds of companies we work with we can match the right candidates to the right job and provide tailor-made training if necessary.”

The college received £1.2m – the largest amount awarded to any training provider – to offer a range of specialist industrial training courses for former SSI workers and contractors.

Training is offered free of charge to those who can show they have been directly affected by the recent events in the steel industry.

Courses include the key qualifications required within the process, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain industry and are aimed at those former SSI workers and contractors in the supply chain who want to upskill or retrain.

Ms Lewis recently wrote to the hundreds of companies already working with the college to alert them to the Tees Valley Business Support Schemes which are available through the SSI Task Force.

The schemes offer a range of financial support to businesses affected by the closure of SSI or are based on the Tees Valley and are looking to grow.

They include the SSI Task Force Jobs and Skills Fund – a wage subsidy scheme to enable businesses in Tees Valley and the surrounding area to create new job opportunities and employ people affected by the SSI closure.

Administered by Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU), the scheme subsidises the cost of employment for positions made available for a minimum of three years with a payment of 50% of the basic salary costs for each new job created in the first two years of employment up to a maximum of £11,000 per employee.

• Employers wanting to find out more about the help available at Middlesbrough College should email or telephone 01642 333322.


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