Mayor welcomes new Tees steel jobs

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Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has welcomed the announcement that British Steel is to create a host of new jobs on Teesside.

The recruitment process has now opened for a number of new manufacturing jobs at British Steel’s Lackenby site and mayor Houchen is urging people across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool to apply.

The new Teesside jobs is the latest step in British Steel’s efforts to play an important role in supporting the UK economic recovery following the coronavirus impact by protecting thousands of jobs and supplying products and services to its customers.

Production at British Steel’s Skinningrove site resumed last month, with around 300 furloughed staff returning to work, following a temporary pause due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Following the return to production, bosses at British Steel said they had increased confidence in the firm’s ability to navigate its way through this situation and produce the requisite volumes of Special Profiles at Skinningrove.

The site at Lackenby was not affected by this and the company’s facility in Darlington also remained open.

Mayor Houchen has received assurances that those British Steel employees who have returned to work will have the same high levels of protection that the firm is providing to workers across all its operations, including the provision of face masks, improved cleaning standards, and appropriate social distancing.

He said: “Ever since a deal was agreed to secure the long term future of British Steel, I have always been confident of the firm’s commitment to our region, and the recruitment process opening for these new, good quality, Teesside jobs is the perfect example of that.

“The steeliness in the workers on Teesside has impressed the bosses at British Steel just as much as me, and I urge anyone looking for work to apply for one of these new roles – we want local jobs to be filled by local people.

“British Steel will play an important role in supporting our economic recovery by protecting thousands of jobs and supplying products to those that need them. Our steelworkers going back to work in an appropriate and safe way is a sign that we will succeed as a region and come back bigger, better and stronger than ever before.

“We remain in difficult circumstances and we have to do everything we can to protect our NHS and save lives, but it is important to get our economy moving again when it is safe to do so, and I am pleased that one again here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool we are leading the way.

“I’m putting in place the building blocks for a stronger economy and with my plan to attract new investment and create good quality local jobs, we will bounce back.”

Cllr Mary Lanigan, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: “It is fantastic news that British Steel is looking to provide work and training for around 40 people and further investing in Redcar and Cleveland. At a time when the economic picture is uncertain, an increased demand from the construction sector is encouraging, and this will hopefully continue.

“Steel plays a vital role in our economy and has a special place in the heart of our residents. We look forward to working with British Steel to do whatever we can to ensure steel production prospers and provides quality jobs for an increasing number of people.”

Mayor Houchen is continuing to play his role in helping all businesses across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. His coronavirus business support line is available 24/7 by calling 01642 662777 or emailing support@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk.

He is also making sure businesses and local tradespeople across the region that are still open or operating are highlighted on his website – buylocal.teesvalley-ca.gov.uk. More information on how to register can be found by visiting the site.

To apply for one of the new jobs or for more information, go to the British Steel Facebook page or visit www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs.