Second jobs fair for Tata Scunthorpe steelworkers

Steel workers and members of Unite and GMB march through Scunthorpe today November 10 2015 to protest over job losses at Tata Steel in the town. Over 100 people hit the street to show their solidarity with the steel workers effected by the cuts.
Steel workers and members of Unite and GMB march through Scunthorpe today November 10 2015 to protest over job losses at Tata Steel in the town. Over 100 people hit the street to show their solidarity with the steel workers effected by the cuts.

A second jobs fair is being staged to help hundreds of steelworkers facing redundancy in the region to find new jobs.

Tata Steel in Scunthorpe announced around 900 planned job losses in October. The move sparked numerous protest marches but steel bosses said the catalyst for their decision was cheap Chinese imports, the strong pound and high electricity costs.

Hundreds of people attended a first jobs fair at the Brigg Road plant in December and now a second one has been organised later this month.

There will also be an information day for jobseekers. The events have been organised by North Lincolnshire Council’s Steel Task Force.

A council spokesperson said: “The jobs fair in December was successful with around 240 people attending and a number of businesses.

“There will be another jobs fair on Friday, January 29, from 10am to 4pm, at Tata, and we hope to have even more businesses there showcasing what they have to offer.

“There are jobs out there – it’s just putting people in contact with the businesses that have vacancies and giving them an opportunity to talk to one another to find out what their skills are.

“In addition, there is an information day at The Pods, Ashby Road, on Saturday, January 30, from 10am to 4pm.”

More than 400 jobs were on offer at the previous jobs fair.

Among companies recruiting were Golden Wonder, Howarth Timber and Stagecoach.

Tata Steel went ahead with its plan to mothball the town’s plate mill on December 17.

However there are still hopes that some jobs might be saved as bosses have been locked into talks for weeks with Greybull Capital over a potential sale of the ‘Long Products Europe’ arm of the business.