Many affected by closure
support. We have always played a big role in boosting local employment. The more upbeat part of that role is encouraging businesses to invest in the area, but we are also there for the tougher times – supporting those who lose their jobs and helping them back to work.
Last year our employability programme, South Lanarkshire Works 4U offered help to 4,000 unemployed people, and 1,600 of them moved into work. Others will have improved their chances by getting training or picking up interview and other life skills.
And we’ve been there to help when large-scale closures have happened in the past, in partnership with other agencies. As well as helping people looks for a new job, we’ve stepped in to offer careers guidance, money and benefits advice, and encouraged people to start their own businesses.
If we need to, we’ll offer the same tailored advice for workers who are affected by the Tata Steel closure proposal. We’ll help them secure the future for themselves and their families, and in doing so we’ll help keep our communities strong.
But the first aim is to see if there is a way to keep the plants open. We will do our best to Save Our Steel.