Many af­fected by clo­sure

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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.

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