It is almost 4 months since SSI UK went into liquidation and our steelworks in Redcar closed.
A large number of redundant workers, contractors, and affected businesses have accessed the support package but many still haven’t and I want to remind people of what is available so they can receive the support they need.
The help ranges from support for training and skills, new business start-ups, together with grants and access to loans for people experiencing financial difficulties.
Businesses in the Tees Valley can also benefit from funding to take on affected workers, support for supply chain companies to safeguard jobs and business growth.
Safety Net Fund
The Safety Net fund could help you in a crisis situation with expenses such as mortgage, rent, car loans and daily living costs. The fund has already helped 129 households and is available for affected SSI and Supply Chain workers across the Tees Valley.
Applications can be made either through Redcar and Cleveland Council’s website www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/taskforce or by calling 01287 612582 Or 01642 771276
Money has been set aside for affordable loans of up to £500 via two local Credit Unions: Moneywise/My Living in Redcar and South Bank Credit Union.
Telephone Moneywise/ My Living 01642 941670 & South Bank Credit Union 01642 463700.
Over 2,000 people have signed up for courses so far.
There are training funds available to help people develop new skills to take on a role that might be different from the job they have had in the past, or get the qualifications, such as Health and Safety certificates, to be able to find alternative work quickly.
More training funds are now in place and I would encourage anyone who had difficulty getting courses approved in the first few weeks following the closure to try again, as more courses can now be funded. More information is available via Jobcentre Plus / National Careers Service on 0191 382 1003 (9am-4pm Mon to Fri).
Jobs and Skills Fund
This is a wage subsidy scheme to encourage businesses to create new job opportunities employing former SSI employees, supply chain workers affected by the closure of SSI and spouses or partners of workers, who are living in the same household. The scheme will subsidise the cost of employment for positions made available for a minimum of three years.
If you have an interview for a new job and your prospective employer is not aware of the funding available, you can find information through this web link to take along with you www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk
Business Start-up Grants and Advice
If you are thinking of setting up your own business, grants of up to £10,000 are available for new start-ups. You can also receive free advice and support with business plans, sales, marketing, accounting and legal guidance. To access support contact the North East Enterprise Agency Limited (NEEAL) on 0191 516 6093 (9am - 4pm Monday to Friday).
Health and Wellbeing
Life Store Health Trainers are offering twice weekly drop-ins at the offices of Community Union, Dormor Way, South Bank, TS6 6XH.
Mondays and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm.
Support includes managing stress and anxiety, increasing confidence and motivation, increasing physical activity and adopting health lifestyles.
Contact Lynne Blackburn on 01642 737884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant support to SSI supply chain companies to overcome problems of lost revenue and debt, together with grant support to encourage growth companies to bring forward their growth proposals and create new job opportunities.
There is a link to the Support Fund at www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk
Support for all unemployed workers in Teesside
The SSI resource hub has been rolled out across the Tees Valley to support anyone who has been made redundant or who is out of work.
Advice and support will be available on a wide range of topics including CV writing, new career opportunities and retraining, interview techniques, trade union representation, starting your own business, money management, pensions, welfare and benefits, and health and wellbeing.
The dates and venues are:
• Thursday 21 January – Middlesbrough College, 9am – 4pm
• Monday 25 January – Inspire to Learn (CLC), Eston, 9am – 4pm
• Tuesday 26 January – Stockton Riverside College, 9.30am – 3.30pm
• Thursday 28 January – Dolphin Centre, Darlington, 9am – 4pm
• Friday 29 January – Hartlepool College, 10am – 3pm
Next Jobs and Skills Fair
Wednesday 27th January
10am - 3pm
STEM Centre, Middlesbrough College, Dock Road, Middlesbrough, TS2 1AD
An opportunity to speak to potential employers and training providers.