Direct Line task force meets to help 530 staff who are losing their jobs.

A task force aimed at helping the 530 staff who are losing their jobs at Direct Line in Stockton met today.

The call centre staff will be left out of work when their contracts end next summer.

Representatives from Tees Valley Unlimited, Job Centre Plus, Stockton Riverside College, the National Careers Service, North East Chamber of Commerce and the Skills Funding Agency met with Stockton Council to develop a package of support.

It is fantastic that so many organisations have come forward to work with us and I'm hopeful that over the coming weeks we will be able to develop a full support package that the employees will be able to access once the statutory consultation period relating to the terms of their redundancy comes to an end.

It was also very encouraging to hear that there are a number of similar businesses who may look to recruit and help in future.

– Neil Schneider, Stockton Council’s Chief Executive

Stockton Riverside College is already meeting with Direct Line staff on a regular basis and a number of employees have signed up to a variety of courses. The task force is also considering Contacting other companies in the Tees Valley area to identify job opportunities and holding jobs fairs.