Former MG Rover staff gain 2m job fund

More than 1,800 former MG Rover workers will be given access to a £2m Employability Support Package to help them find jobs when the government introduces the initiative next month.

The programme, which will be run by Jobcentre Plus and the Learning and Skills Council, will target the 1,850 people in the West Midlands who have been unable to find employment since they were made redundant when the car manufacturer closed in April 2005.

The package is intended to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ to help people with job searches, CV and interview techniques and additional childcare support. The programme is expected to run until March 2008.

Plans to allocate £3m to create a vocational training centre for 14- to 19-year-olds in the Longbridge area are also under way.

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