Fife Taskforce says it has helped 228 of Tullis Russell’s 446 redundant workers back into employment through education and training.
The Taskforce, which held its sixth meeting earlier this month, says it’s supporting workers across the Fife economy – and not just those affected by Tullis Russell’s closure – having helped 308 out of 560 people who have been recently made redundant to achieve a positive outcome.
So far, the Taskforce claims to have:
Facilitated 305 training requests
Held a Jobs Fair in September which attracted 368 people
Allocated £332,526 training funding
Created a Training Database to support training activity
Deputy first minister John Swinney said: “The Fife Taskforce has focused on action to assist people and businesses since first convening this year.
“Our aim has always been to work as closely as we are able with colleagues in the public and private sectors to help those communities affected by job losses in Glenrothes and central Fife.
“The fact that seven out of 10 Tullis Russell workers have been re-employed demonstrates not only the effectiveness of the Taskforce, but is testament to the skilled workforce of Fife.
“Figures like this would be welcome at any time but they are particularly resonant during Fife Business Week.
“The Scottish Government has supported the Taskforce with £6 million and there is still much work to do to ensure this best supports local communities and the wider Fife economy. But the right people are around the table and I am confident that there will be more positive outcomes from the work of the Fife Taskforce.
“I would like to thank the public sector agencies, the private sector businesses, and the communities themselves who have contributed so effectively to the process so far.”
Fife Council leader cllr David Ross, said: “We are making progress on this and we are pleased that over half of the Tullis Russell workforce has now been redeployed and that a number of people are also now in training or education. The Fife Taskforce is working hard to implement its ongoing plan of action to support workers, the local community and the wider Fife economy. I would like to thank all those from public, private and voluntary sectors who are making valuable contributions to this work.
“Although I am encouraged by what has been achieved to date through the Task Force, there are still significant numbers of workers directly affected by the Tullis Russell and other closures who require our continued support. I can reassure all those affected that further assistance will be forthcoming.”