Alliance helps manufacturing jobless

Staff made redundant at the Jacobs plant closure in Sheffield are being
helped into new work by a mutual assistance scheme set up by the Engineering
Employers’ Federation.

The EEF’s Sheffield Association is sending details of redundant staff to the
alliance members.

Association director Gordon Scott said: "In this way we get straight to
the people needing both management and shopfloor workers. We don’t become
involved in the actual recruitment – our job is to alert member companies to
the availability of well-trained people with experience in the industry."

Scott said the association has had a lot of interest from firms since
distributing a list of available staff.

"Although we haven’t placed people with everyone who has contacted us,
we have been able to help find new jobs for hourly operatives and salaried
staff. Several senior managers are also in line for new jobs," said Scott.

He added: "We have had a difficult time since 1999, losing about 8 per
cent of our industry’s workforce locally. But there are engineering sectors
which are picking up well and they inevitably find that skills shortages are

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