Task force plans second jobs fair to help Solway Food workers

A task force, which was set up after food factory Solway Foods announced it is closing its Corby plant, is organising a second jobs fair for anyone looking for work.

A task force, which was set up after food factory Solway Foods announced it is closing its Corby plant, is organising a second jobs fair for anyone looking for work.

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A task force which was set up after Solway Foods announced it is closing its Corby plant, is organising a second jobs fair for anyone looking for work.

The event will be held on June 27 and the venue is to be announced later.

In March, Solway revealed it is closing its Godwin Road plant with the loss of about 930 jobs.

A task force was set up to help workers facing redundancy and it organised a jobs fair which was attended by 500 people and 28 companies who advertised a total of 500 positions.

David Reynolds, chairman of the task force, which includes borough and county council members and Corby MP Andy Sawford, said: “This time we want to stress that the jobs fair will be for anyone seeking employment and not just former Solway staff.

“We are hoping even more companies will take part in the second event.”

The task force met on Monday to review the employment situation since Solway’s announcement and plan the next jobs fair.

Mr Reynolds said: “The Jobcentre in Corby reported that the number of people it has dealt with as a result of Solway closing is much less than it expected, indicating that people have been successful in finding jobs.

“We believe that the strategy of agencies working together as part of the task force has been very effective.”

Help for the unemployed is also being offered at a free job search drop-in session at the Irish Centre in Patrick Road, Corby.

They are being held on Monday, May 12, and May 19, from 10am until 1pm.

The sessions are free and are organised by Neighbourhood Learning.

If you would like more information call 07834 496013 or 07716 686802.