Former workers from Leven’s Remploy Marine factory have borrowed a famous phrase for a plea to Fife firms – ‘gie’s a job’!
The ex-employees are seeking new posts following the recent closure of the plant - and local MP Lindsay Roy, who, with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown campaigned to save the Banbeath-based operation, and its sister factory in Cowdenbeath, has called on the Kingdom’s employers to stand up and be counted.
‘’These are men and women with real, relevant skills who want to work – they just need to be given the chance to show what they can do,’’ said Mr Roy.
His call came after seeing at first-hand how the Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) is working with those made redundant to help them cope and prepare them for new opportunities, assisting with social, vocational and other needs.
Funded by the Department for Works and Pensions, the partnership project also includes Jobcentre Plus, Remploy Employment Services, Fife College (Thomson House) and Fife Council, through David Paterson, area services manager for Levenmouth.
Linda Abbott, employment advisor with FEAT, explained the initiative was very successful in a number of ways, but faced a major hurdle in
getting employers on board.
Those who had shown an interest were surprised at how highly skilled and qualified the workers were.
It’s understood six of the 29 redundant workers looking for new jobs have found employment.
However, Linda said: “Our biggest stumbling block is in getting firms, big and small, to consider taking on these valued and skilled men and women when they have vacancies.
“These are special circumstances and we would encourage employers to make contact and not miss out on the opportunity of employing these hard-working individuals.
‘‘If their skills don’t quite match up to what is required, there is money available for re-training.’’
Employers can also take advantage of a £5000 pro rata wage subsidy, owing to the Remploy’s redundancy situation at Remploy.