Advice for 80 workers made redundant at Hartlepool’s Caparo forge

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A day of advice and support is on the way for nearly 80 workers made redundant at a Hartlepool forge.

The drop-in day will be held at the town’s Grand Hotel, in Swainston Street.

It runs from 10am to 2pm on Thursday, November 12, and comes after 79 workers were made redundant at the Caparo forge, in Brenda Road, at the end of October, with a further 13 expected to follow soon after the announcement that the company has gone into liquidation.

In another development, all companies in the Hartlepool area, who are planning to recruit have been urged to come forward now.

Campaigners are hoping firms will answer the call so that their vacancies can be highlighted to ex-Caparo staff when they attend next week’s event.

Key organisations will be at the Grand Hotel next Thursday including Hartlepool Council, Job Centre Plus and the National Careers Service.

Coun Kevin Cranney, chairman of the council’s Regeneration Services Policy Committee, said: “The loss of almost 100 jobs at Caparo is devastating news for the workforce, their families and the town as a whole.

“As a council, we are working with all of our key partner organisations to provide advice, support and help to all those affected.

“This will include help with searching for alternative employment, training opportunities, benefits and welfare advice and emotional support.

“We hope that as many people as possible take the opportunity to attend the drop-in event, where they will be able to talk to a range of specialists about the various help available.

“We would also like to hear from any companies that have job opportunities so that we can make sure the former Caparo employees aware of these. Companies can call us on (01429) 857079.”

Anyone who cannot attend the drop-in event can also get advice as follows:

l For benefits help, call (01429) 266522.

l Hartlepool Working Solutions has dedicated employment advisers to help with CVs, job search and training opportunities. Call (01429) 284482 for more details.

l The Hartlepool Enterprise Team can help with advice and guidance on self-employment. Call (01429) 867677.

Last week, we told how Hartlepool MP Iain Wright demanded meetings with the administrators after the announcement of the forge’s closure. He also wrote to the Government to stress his concerns for the ailing steel industry.

The Caparo plant was placed into liquidation in the latest blow for an industry ,which had also seen cutbacks nationally at Tata Steel and at SSI in Redcar. where 2,200 jobs were lost.