Prince Charles will visit Teesside next week to highlight the success of local businesses, the strength of the local community and the work being done since the closure of SSI.
The Prince of Wales is expected to visit the Redcar and Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart during his Tees engagements next Wednesday (February 17), where he will meet members of the SSI Task Force as well as staff, apprentices and businesses affected by the closure.
This is the latest of several visits since the last steel crisis of 2010, when the Prince came to show his support for the local community of Redcar.
The Prince will also meet representatives from local firms who have seen some success recently in growing and creating jobs, as well as members of the Industrial Cadets, a work experience programme inspired by The Prince’s visit in 2010, as they celebrate their fifth anniversary.
The Prince will also visit local firm ElringKlinger to meet staff and apprentices, and hear about the way the company has been providing employment and training opportunities.
His Royal Highness, President of Business in the Community, will also head to Kirkleatham to attend a reception for the charity’s Business Connecters and hear about how these business secondees, industry representatives and civil servants are offering their expertise for the benefit of the local community.
The Prince will also visit the new Redcar Joint Cadet Facility to meet young Cadets from the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps and hear about their training.
Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Brenda Forster, said: “We are really looking forward to The Prince of Wales’s visit so that he can see first-hand how everyone in the area has pulled together over the last few months to help each other.
“It’s also a great opportunity to update The Prince on the work we have been doing in the community to help people get back into work.”
Chair of the SSI Task Force and chief executive of Redcar and Cleveland Council, Amanda Skelton, added: “His Royal Highness has shown his great affection for the area over recent years and clearly wants to demonstrate his support for our local communities affected by the SSI crisis.
“I am pleased that The Prince will also be able to meet some of our local businesses who are helping to diversify our economy and create jobs.”