Some 1,800 MG Rover workers still to find jobs as taskforce folds

About 4,000 former MG Rover workers who were made redundant when production at the company’s Longbridge plant halted have found new jobs, it was announced today.

The number was revealed in the final report of the MG Rover Task Force, which was established to support MG Rover employees after the company went into administration last April.

Workers were given guidance with job searches, CV and interview techniques and additional childcare support.

Some 100 people a week have since found permanent employment but there are still another 1,850 people looking for a job, according to Nick Paul, chair of the MG Rover Task Force Executive Sub-Group.

“Much has been achieved by the MG Rover Task Force since April 2005, but there remains a lot still to be done. Although the Task Force comes to an end, the work goes on to help those who still need it,” Paul said.

“My message to these people is that we are not forgetting them. In fact, they are about to benefit from even more intensive support than they have received so far through the new Employability Support Package.”

The £2m initiative, unveiled today by Alan Johnson, trade and industry secretary, will be managed by Jobcentre Plus and the Learning and Skills Council, and will run until March 2008.



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