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Keeping the South East working by supporting Ford

5 March 2009

A practical, integrated package of advice and support for Ford Southampton employees is available from a “one-stop-shop” backed by the combined services of the local authorities of Southampton and Eastleigh, the Learning and Skills Council, Jobcentre Plus, Business Link and the South East England Development Agency.

These local partners and Ford will launch their coordinated response to employees at the Transit plant on March 6. Ford employees and on-site supply chain workers will be provided with information to help them plan for their future, and make the most of other opportunities.

Cllr Royston Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:

"We are delighted to be working with partners to ensure a joined up offer of support for the Ford workers and which is being provided on the Plant's premises. The ongoing welfare of the workers and their families is a high priority for all of us and we are doing all we can to ensure they have a range of opportunities and support for the future."

Kathy Slack, Area Director for SEEDA, who coordinates the partners group said:

"We are determined that individuals are helped in a seamless way and have a single point of contact for all the support they need. People are facing some tough decisions about their future and we want to help them with advice, support and training to help them get other jobs, start up in business or plan their finances for the future."

In early February Ford Southampton announced a voluntary separation package for 400 to 500 employees to bring capacity in line with demand. The commercial vehicle sector, which Transit competes in, is bearing the brunt of the recession, with registrations of all new vans at half the level of a year ago.

For media enquiries about the support package, please contact:

Roy Sutherwood
Tel: 01483 470 155

James Fulker
Tel: 01483 470 155

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