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Former Vestas workers finding routes back into work

5 October 2009

Figures collated by Jobcentre Plus, part of the SEEDA-led taskforce, show that positive in-roads are being made, with over 160 former Vestas employees having found work since redundancy in August or on training courses.

So far 70 people have secured new employment and 94 are on training courses to develop new skills. In addition, a number of people secured jobs on the Island and mainland directly through jobs fairs organised by the taskforce. Those re-training include, six people training to become driving instructors and 24 on the Southampton City College Aluminium Welding course.

A number of former workers have established their own business. These include the following on the Island :

  • A new turbine repair company – 15-20 employees
  • Three new landscape gardening businesses
  • Two new guesthouses
  • A new supply chain consultancy on the island, set up by a former Vestas manager
  • A couple of painters and decorators setting up independently.

The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance has fallen steadily since the redundancies were made – from 274 to 204. However, there is still significant work to be done to support former workers and so the taskforce will continue to identify suitable opportunities and provide advice.

Oona Muirhead , SEEDA's Executive Director of Skills and Sustainable Prosperity, said: "It is still early days but former Vestas workers are securing jobs, entering training or starting up their own businesses. The efforts of the taskforce, which is led by SEEDA and includes Jobcentre Plus, Learning and Skills Council and Isle of Wight and Southampton Councils, have started to deliver benefits for redundant workers and local employers. We are keeping up the pressure, actively seeking out opportunities with existing companies as well as attracting new ones to support the Island 's workforce and economy and secure its future prosperity."

Helen Edmunds, Taskforce Project Manager, Jobcentre Plus, said: "At Jobcentre Plus, we are seeing former Vestas workers going into work every day. Island employers have are keen to employ them as they are highly sought after employees, seen as positive team workers with problem solving skills going beyond the basic requirements of production based jobs. They are also taking up self employment options, returning to previous employment or training in new skills, supported by our Business Link colleagues."

Former workers that would like more information about job opportunities should contact Jobcentre Plus, call Newport on 01983 273115 (Anne Marie) and Ryde 01983 276888 (Steph).

For media enquiries, please contact:

Jessica Stewart, Media Relations Manager, SEEDA
Tel: 01483 501307
Email: jessicastewart@seeda.co.uk

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